Jacques Zoon was born in 1961. From the age of nine until eighteen, he was taught the flute by Louise van Ter Tholen, a student of Hubert Barwahser. Jacques Zoon studied with Koos Verheul and Harrie Starreveld at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, from which he graduated with honors. He continued his education in Canada at the Banff Center for the Arts, where he studied with Geoffrey Gilbert. He was the winner of the Willem Pijper Competition with pianist Bernd Brackman in 1981, the “Prix special du Jury” of the Rampal Competition in 1987 and the Scheveningen Competition in 1988. He was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra, with which he played under such renowned conductors as Claudio Abbado and Leonard Bernstein, and subsequently became principal flute with the Amsterdam Philharmonic and the Hague Philharmonic.
In 1988 he was appointed first flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, with which he also won great praise as a soloist in performances of Mozart, Jolivet, Martin, and Gubaidulina. In addition, he was first flute with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, with which he also appeared regularly as soloist. An active chamber musician, he has been a member of such groups as the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Gaudier Ensemble, and the Idomeneo Ensemble using historical instruments. He has been the soloist with, among others, the Orchestra of Lyon with Emmanuel Krivine, the Austrian Radio Orchestra, the Bayerishe Rundfunk Orchestra with Heinz Holliger, the Concertgebouw Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Claudio Abbado, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Zoon joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal flutist at the start of the 1997-1998 season.
Jacques Zoon has made various recordings for Philips, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Vanguard Classics, Schwann Koch, Canyon Classics, NM Classics, and Fidelio. In 1997, with pianist Bernd Brackman, he was awarded an Edison Prize for their album of contemporary Dutch repertoire for flute and piano. In 1995, they made their first French album, “Le Merle Noir” (Vanguard Classics No. 99078). Mr. Zoon was a Professor of Flute at the Rotterdam Conservatory from 1988 to 1994 and became the Professor of Flute at Indiana University from 1994 until 1997. He now holds the same position at Boston University and at the New England Conservatory of Music. Mr. Zoon was nominated “Musician of the Year” by the Boston Globe in 1998.
Mr. Zoon maintains an active interest in the mechanical aspects of the flute. He designed a wooden flute for the Haynes Company and supervises its production.