Dr. Dafydd Bevil is the Acting Principal Horn of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Associate Lecturer of Horn at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator.
Described as “a performer of exceptional skill and musicality”, Bevil has performed at regional and international conferences of the International Horn Society and maintains an active recital schedule, performing for audiences throughout the country and abroad. Additionally, he performs with the Whitewater Brass, the faculty brass ensemble of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. As an orchestral player, Bevil has performed with ensembles throughout the country including the Madison Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony, Beloit Janesville Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Ohio Light Opera, and he currently serves as the Acting Principal Horn of the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
In 2019, Bevil completed an album titled “From Screen to Concert Hall” as part of his doctoral research. This first of its kind recording project is a collection of concert works for horn written by prominent film composers. The album includes the debut recording of Timeline (1945- ), a trio for horn, viola, and piano by Emmy winning composer Bruce Broughton, as well as seldom recorded works by Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, and John Williams. The CD is available on all major music services. Bevil has also had his research published by “ The Horn Call”, the international publication of the International Horn Society.
Bevil holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University, a Masters degree from Roosevelt University, and a DMA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary teachers are Seth Orgel, Dale Clevenger, and Daniel Grabois.
Dafydd plays on Jungwirth horns crafted in Freischling, Austria.
He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, Kristin and their three children, Keira, Ryker, and Letty.