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Big changes brewing for CSO's principal flute and bassoon

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra announced yesterday that Mathieu Dufour, principal flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, won an audition to become the principal flute of the Berlin ensemble. This follows news that David McGill, the CSO's principal bassoon is resigning his position in order to teach full-time at Northwestern University.

According to the BPO's website, Dufour won the audition on May 15. If Dufour takes the job, he will succeed Andreas Blau, who will reach retirement age at the end of the season. The Chicago Classical Review reports that a CSO spokeswoman confirmed Dufour's win, but said that the orchestra is unaware of the flautist's plans. Dufour has held his position at the CSO since 1999, although he left Chicago in 2009 for one season to serve as principal flute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic .

Principal bassoon David McGill has been a member of the CSO since 1997. One of the world's most renowned bassoonists, he has soloed with the CSO over 25 times including appearances at Carnegie Hall in 2005 and with John Williams in his bassoon concerto, The Five Sacred Trees. After he steps down from the CSO in August, McGill will step in to his new role as a fully tenured professor of bassoon at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.

“Teaching has always been a great love of mine, and the rigors of performing have precluded me pursuing this noble profession as much as I would like,” said David McGill. “I have learned so much from Maestro Muti and the great musicians of this incredible Orchestra, and thank them all for 17 years of unforgettable music making.”