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The flutist Jacques Zoon, who was born in 1961 in Heiloo in the Netherlands, studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Koos Verheul and Harrie Starreveld; he also attended master classes with Geoffrey Gilbert and András Adorján at the Banff Centre for the Arts. A winner at the Concours Jean-Pierre Rampal in Paris and the Scheveningen International Music Competition, he was appointed principal flutist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in 1988, where he belonged for nine years. During this time, he also played principal flute with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In 1997 Zoon joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he was named Musician of the Year by the Boston Globe in 1998. Zoon has been a freelance artist since 2001 and performs as a soloist worldwide. He worked closely with Claudio Abbado, both at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, where he has been principal flutist since its founding in 2003, and at the Orchestra Mozart, with which he recorded Mozart’s K. 314 Flute Concerto. Zoon also regularly performs with the Berlin Baroque Soloists, with whom he recorded concertos and symphonies by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in 2015. He has taught at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève since 2002 and at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid since 2008. Jacques Zoon has also made contributions to the technical development of his instrument and produces new wooden flute models featuring an improved key design for the C-sharp, which he distributes through the Zoon&Maia Flute Company, an enterprise he cofounded with his colleague Rui Bor-ges Maia.
Jacques Zoon, who began performing regularly at LUCERNE FESTIVAL since the end of the 1980s as a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, has appeared here every year since 2003 as principal flutist with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.