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Jacques Zoon


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Jacques Zoon (born 1961 in Heiloo, North Holland) is a Dutch flutist.

Zoon played in the Dutch National Youth Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra, among others under direction of Claudio Abbado and Leonard Bernstein. From 1988 to 1994, Zoon was principal flutist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, his arrival coinciding with that of conductor Riccardo Chailly. With this orchestra he performed flute concertos by Mozart, André Jolivet, Frank Martin, and Sofia Gubaidulina. Until 1997, he also was principal flutist of and frequent soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conducted by Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, and Nicolaus Harnoncourt. He played as principal flute with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Claudio Abbado. From 1997 to 2001, he was principal flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa. In 1998, the Boston Globe elected him as “musician of the year”. Zoon is a regular principal flutist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He has also been principal flutist of the Orchestra Mozart since 2004 conducted by Claudio Abbado. He has played as a soloist with orchestras and at festivals in Europe, Japan and the United States. He has made many recordings for multiple labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Philips and Decca.


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