Donald Peck
1997 Lifetime Achievement Award
 

Donald Peck is currently celebrating his 40th year as principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with William Kincaid, Peck subsequently played with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and then spent three years in the U.S. Marine Band. He served as principal flute of the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra for two years before accepting Fritz Reiner’s invitation to join the Chicago Symphony. Peck frequently appears as soloist with the Chicago Symphony and his guest engagements have taken him to the Casals Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Victoria International Festival in Canada, the Grand Teton Festival in Wyoming, and to Europe, Japan, and Australia. In 1985 he gave the world premiere of Morton Gould’s Flute Concerto with the Chicago Symphony under Sir Georg Solti. He has recorded many works on numerous labels and has published many editions of flute music. Additionally, Peck is a member of the faculty at DePaul University.