Hornist Gingrich honored at CSO concert

Mon Nov 11, 2019 at 12:34 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Riccardo Muti congratulates Daniel Gingrich following his being named “Honorary Principal Horn for Life” at Saturday’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert. Photo: Elliot Mandel

Longtime Chicago Symphony Orchestra horn player Daniel Gingrich was honored at Saturday night’s CSO concert.

A stalwart member of the orchestra’s horn section for over four decades, Gingrich was named “Honorary Principal Horn for Life” by music director Riccardo Muti at the start of the evening “for his dedication and extraordinary artistic contributions” during his six years serving as acting principal horn.

This is one award that was truly deserved. In a period of great churn in the orchestra’s wind section, Gingrich was a rock, restoring much-needed stability to the principal horn chair and providing consistent technical polish and artistic excellence week in and week out, from 2013 until the appointment of David Cooper this past July.

Gingrich joined the CSO in 1975 and became associate principal horn in 2002.

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3 Responses to “Hornist Gingrich honored at CSO concert”

  1. Posted Nov 11, 2019 at 4:42 pm by Gustav speed

    He is wonderful, but why was he NOT appointed principal? Did he not want it?

  2. Posted Nov 17, 2019 at 5:35 am by BB

    No, he did not want the principal position.

  3. Posted Nov 30, 2019 at 5:21 pm by John Fischer

    So well deserved! A brilliant horn player.

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