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Jacques Zoon is the principal flutist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and its Music Director Riccardo Chailly. As a soloist he regularly appears in festivals and with orchestras in Europe, Japan and the United States with highlights like his appearances with l'Orchestre national de Lyon and Emmanuel Krivine, Radiosinfonieorchester Wien (ORF), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Heinz Holliger.

The season 2018-19 Jacques Zoon will play-conduct a program with the Orchestra of Valencia and he will appear as a soloist with the Hungarian National Philharmonic and conductor Lucasz Borowicz and with the Orchestra of the East Netherlands and conductor Massimiliano Caldi. Last season he performed among other with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and the Musikalische Akademie in Manheim.

A keen baroque traverso flute player, Zoon recorded the CPhE Bach Konzert Wq.169 (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 2015) and he will continue his intensive collaboration with Ensemble Berliner Barock Solisten. With Abbado and the Mozart Orchestra he recorded the Mozart Concerto KV 314 (Deutsche Grammophon 2012). Other recordings appeared on Decca, Chandos, Vanguard Classics, Koch-Schwann, Boston Records, Fidelio and NM Classics (Dutch Radio).

Zoon studied flute at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam with Koos Verheul and Harrie Starreveld, graduating with honors. He continued his studies at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, where he took master classes with Geoffrey Gilbert and András Adorján. In 1988 he became principal flutist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly. In the same period he performed as principal flutist and as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and its conductors Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink and Nicolaus Harnoncourt. In 1997 he was appointed principal flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa. In 2004 Zoon moved back to Europe, to join Claudio Abbado and become principal flutist at both the Mozart Orchestra in Bologna as well as the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

Since 2002, he teaches at the Geneva Conservatory and since 2008 at Madrid's Queen Sofía College of Music and Instituto Internacional de Música de Cámara. Jacques Zoon started conducting research in perfectioning his instruments. In 2005, he founded Zoon&Maia Flutes, a company making wooden flutes with a Boehm System.

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