David Griffin is in the horn section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Upon graduating from Northwestern University in 1987, he began his career with the Rochester Philharmonic and followed with positions in the orchestras of Montreal and Houston before joining the Chicago Symphony in 1995.
With the wind quintet Prairie Winds, he has performed in over twenty states since the group’s debut in 1996. Collaborating with composer Cliff Colnot, he transcribed long-lost music by Darius Milhaud from the 1939 film Cavalcade d’Amour. The rediscovered music was arranged for wind quintet and utilized in a twenty-seven minute performing version combining film and live chamber music. Prairie Winds gave the world premiere in July 2005 at the Madeline Island Music Festival.
As soloist, Mr.Griffin has performed the Saint-Saens Concertpiece, the Britten Serenade, and concerti by Mozart and Richard Strauss. He has served as guest principal horn of the St. Louis Symphony and the Shanghai Radio Orchestra, and has appeared with Chicago Pro Musica, the Allegra Chamber Players, and Les Chambristes de Montréal. Mr. Griffin has been a faculty member at McGill University and Northwestern University. Summer engagements have included Grand Teton, Tanglewood, Manitou, Domaine Forget, and Scotia music festivals.
Mr.Griffin, his wife Susan Warner, and their children, Henry and Pearl, live in Oak Park, Illinois.