David Fishlock, Principal Percussionist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, grew up in Buffalo, New York, where he began playing percussion at age six. While working towards his Bachelor’s of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, he studied with Rich Weiner and Paul Yancich, Principal Percussionist and Principal Timpanist of the Cleveland Orchestra, respectively. During his college years, he played with the orchestras of Cleveland, Buffalo, Akron, Canton, and Erie.
After receiving his degree, David moved to Miami, Florida to play in the New World Symphony from 1988-1991 under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. In 1991, he won a position with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops; he was appointed Associate Principal in 1997 and Principal in 2010. With that ensemble, David has toured the United States, Asia and Europe extensively, and worked with many of the world's leading conductors and soloists, including Louis Langrée, Paavo Jarvi, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Erich Kunzel, Keith Lockhart, Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Emanuel Ax, and Lang Lang. He can be heard on over seventy-five recordings with the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops. David has also performed in the orchestra for both the Cincinnati Opera and the Cincinnati Ballet, and has appeared on the CSO Chamber Players Series.
An avid teacher, David has taught at Miami University and Northern Kentucky University, in addition to his private teaching and coaching schedule. He also freelances in the Cincinnati area, including performing with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. David and his wife, Catherine, homeschool their four children. His hobbies include carpentry, gardening, hiking, kayaking, and raising chickens. Mr. Fishlock endorses Zildjian cymbals, Pearl and Adams Percussion, Black Swamp accessories, and ProMark sticks and mallets.