Artistic: Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Posted on: September 12, 2017

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has announced two appointments to its musician roster: DAVID BUCK as principal flute and UNA GONG as section cello.


As principal flute, David Buck will occupy the Joy & Ronald Mankoff Chair. He goes to Dallas from Detroit, where he was principal flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2012. Buck joined the Dallas Symphony for performances of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony in May 2017 and during the Bravo! Vail residency in June 2017. A Philadelphia native and graduate of the Juilliard School, Buck held positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Oregon Symphony and has made guest principal appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony. His primary teachers were Robert Langevin, Jeffrey Khaner, and David Cramer. In 2014, he recorded John Williams’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony. He moves to Dallas with his wife, Jung-Wan Kang.

Cellist Una Gong joins the Dallas Symphony after serving as section cello with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2016-17 season. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. “I am very excited to join the cello section of the DSO,” says Gong. “I am looking forward to working with Maestro [Jaap] van Zweden, especially on Mahler’s Second Symphony in February.”

Posted September 12, 2017