David Griffin

David Griffin is the fourth horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Upon graduating from Northwestern University in 1987, Griffin began his career with the Rochester Philharmonic and followed with positions in the orchestras of Montréal and Houston before joining the Chicago Symphony in 1995.

With the wind quintet Prairie Winds, he has performed in more than 20 states and has released two CDs with the group. In June 2012, Griffin soloed with the National Orchestra of Brazil. He debuted as a soloist with the CSO in Schumann’s Konzertstück at the Ravinia Festival in 2010. He has released the solo album For You, featuring the world-premiere recording of the Sonata for Horn by Bruce Broughton. Visit cdbaby.com/cd/griffindavid for more information on the CD.

Griffin has served as guest principal horn of the Saint Louis Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Shanghai Radio Orchestra. He has appeared with Chicago Pro Musica, the Allegra Chamber Players and Les Chambristes de Montréal. Griffin has been a faculty member at McGill University and Northwestern University. Summer festival engagements have included Grand Teton, Tanglewood, Manitou, Madeline Island and Sun Valley. Griffin has also been a featured artist and clinician at the annual symposium of the International Horn Society.

Griffin, his wife Susan Warner, and their children, Henry and Pearl, live in Oak Park, IL.

September 2012


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