Concert with Jacques Zoon, Iseut Chuat, Francois Killian

28/09/2019 at 11:30 in Sala Zelioli Lanzini

Jacques Zoon

Jacques Zoon studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Koos Verheul and Harrie Starreveld and at the Bannf Center for the Arts, Canada, with Geoffrey Gilbert.

He was a member of the Netherlands- and later of the European Community Youth Orchestra under conductors as Abbado and Bernstein. He has been principal flautist of the Amsterdam- and the The Haghue Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 1988 until 1994 of the Royal Concertgebouworchestra (with whom he performed as a soloist in the concertos by Mozart, Jolivet, Martin and Gubaidulina) and from 1989 until 1997 of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. On various occasions he played as principal flute with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under direction of Claudio Abbado, during tours to Rome and Vienna, to the USA and during the Eastern Festival Salzburg.

In 1997 he was appointed Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. With Seiji Ozawa he was soloist in Mozart’s flute concerto in G, with Bernhard Haitink soloist in Bernstein’s “Halil”(2001).

He appears as a soloist with many renowned orchestras, plays recitals and participates in festivals throughout the world.

In May 2002 he played the Mozart flute concertos with the Boston Baroque Orchestra on a classical flute and recorded them for the lable Telarc.

In 1998 Zoon was called “musician of the year” by the Boston Globe.

In 1981, he won 2nd prize at the Willem Pijper competition. In 1987 he was awarded the “Prix special du Jury” at the Jean-Pierre Rampal competition in Paris. At the Scheveningen Competition 1988, he not only won third Prize, but also the prize for a contemporary composition.

As a soloist and chamber musician he made various recordings for Philips, Decca, DG, Vanguard Classics, Schwann-Koch, Pony Canyon, NM-Classics and Boston Records. In 1997 he was, together with pianist Bernd Brackman, awarded an Edison for a recording of Dutch contemporary Flute/Piano repertoire.

His active interest in the flute embraces technical aspects for improving the instrument. Representing the wooden flute, he is partly responsible for its remarkable come back, both in solo- and orchestra playing. In 2017 je founded Zoon&Maia Flûtes, building worden flutes of his design.

From 1988 until 1994, Zoon was teacher at the Rotterdam Conservatory and from 1994 until 1997 at the Indiana University. From 1997 until 2001 he taught at Boston University and New England Conservatory. He then became Professor in Flute at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin, Germany. He moved to Geneva in September 2002, where he now is Professor in Flute at the Conservatorium. Since 2009 he has been appointed professor for Flute and Chamber Music at the Reina Sofia Music School in Madrid.

From 2004 to 2014 he played as principal flautist of the Mozart Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, both founded and conducted by Claudio Abbado. He continues to play with the LFO, now conducted by Riccardo Chailly.



Iseut Chuat

“Great sensitivity and masterly technique, which suggests a magnificent career as a soloist” – Claudio Abbado

“A cellist and musician of exceptional quality, among the few of her generation who can make a significant contribution to the world of music.” – Janos Starker

“A cellist and musician of exceptional quality, among the few of her generation who can make a significant contribution to the world of music” – György Sebök

“Chuat’s performance was centered, atmospheric and
exciting… his playing is disciplined, proportionate and elegant… with lots of personality.”Boston Globe
– The
“Magnificent sound, his sense of phrasing is lively and supple… his playing is extremely vibrant, expressive, with a deep sobriety but never overrated… everything was only intensity and grandeur.”- Le Monde de la Musique

She began playing the cello at the age of 6 with Alain Meunier. She gave her first recital at La Sorbonne at the age of 10 and played as a soloist with orchestra in a concert broadcast on Radio- France for the first time at the age of 11. She studied music at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne Billancourt and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. Remarded at 16 by Aldo Parisot during a Master Class, she was invited to study in her class at Yale in the United States the following year; she stayed there for three years. She continued her flight towards new horizons: one year at Banff Fine Arts Center in Canada, then she left to train with Janos Starker – whom she quickly became assistant – in Bloomington, Indiana.

Back in Europe, she obtained the position of principal cello with the National Ballet Orchestra in Amsterdam in 1991. From 1997 to 2001 she was principal cello with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and from 2005 she became principal cello of the Mozart Orchestra founded by Claudio Abbado. She has been a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2005, and has been a member -the first stand position- under Claudio Abbado. She continues to perform with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the musical direction of Riccardo Chailly.

She is the guest soloist of orchestras from around the world such as the Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras in Canada, Columbus, Santa Fee and Nashville in the United States, the Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique d’Ulan Baator in Mongolia, the Orchestre Symphonique Français, the Orchestre de France-Picardie, the Orchestre de l’Ile de France and the Orchestre Léon Barzin in France, the Orchestre de l’Académie de Bologne and the Mozart Orchestra conducted by Abbado.

She plays the repertoire of great chamber music works with Maria João Pires, György Sebök, Bruno Rigutto, Paul Lewis, Paulo Giacometti, Kolja Blacher, Barnabás Kelemen, Gregory Ash, Malcolm
Lowe, Ivry Gitlis, William Preucil, Hannah Weinmeister, Ilya Gringold, Antje Weithaas, Guy Braunstein, the Artemis Quartet, Karl Leister, Maurice Bourgues, Jacques Zoon, Janos Starker, Natalia Gutman.

She performs on major stages in Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, Moscow, Vienna, New York, Boston, Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul, Santiago, Mexico.
His concert career has taken him to major international festivals such as Kuhmo in Finland, Lofoten and Risor in Norway, Saito Kinen in Japan, Davos and Lucerne, Festival der Zukunft in Switzerland, Tanglewood in the United States, Sarlat, Beauvais and Les Arcs in France, the Proms in London.

Iseut Chuat’s repertoire reflects a wide variety of styles, ranging from baroque works to contemporary repertoire that she likes to introduce. Several works are dedicated to him, notably the Suite for solo cello “Jaguar song” by Paul Desenne, Venezuelan cellist and composer, also “Pas de deux”, Concertino for flute, cello and orchestra as well as the “Inventions” for flute and cello by Bernhard Heiden, one of Paul Hindemith’s great students. She plays the world premiere of Fedele’s Concerto for two cellos.

Many of his concerts have been broadcast on BBC, Rai, Radio-France, Radio-classique radio channels. She has recorded works by Franck, Debussy Poulenc, Chopin, Rachmaninov for the label Saphir Productions, an album for solo cello with Vox Animae, works by Bach with Pony Canyon. She signs a contract to engrave the complete Beethoven sonatas with Delos in 2019.

Iseut Chuat reconciled her concert career with the responsibility of transmission: appointed Professor at Indiana University in the United States in 1994 to take over from Janos Starker’s class, she was not long in becoming a highly regarded professor in the world of the cello. She responds to invitations from many universities in the United States to give Master Classes. When she followed her husband to Boston in 1997, she taught at the New England Conservatory, Boston University and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge MA. Since her return to Europe in 2002, she continues to give Master Classes in many European countries but also in Japan and South America. From 2017, she is invited by the State University of Santiago in Chile to supervise the opening of a new program, that of Master for Concertists, the first and only in South America. In this context, she will go to Santiago every semester to give an intensive cycle of courses and Master Classes to cello students – in close collaboration with teachers – coming from all South American countries.



Francois Killian

Born in Paris in 1962, began piano studies at age 13 at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris by Jean and Geneviève Doyen. For seven years, he carried on his studies at the CNSM of Paris with Ventsislav Yankoff, adding chamber music, harmony and counterpoint. He won in 1980 the first prize for piano and chamber music and was admitted to post graduate studies in the advanced course.

1981 François won the ARD International Competition in Munich. 1983 he left France for two years to study at the Musikhochschule Hanover (Germany) with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. He recorded with many broadcasting radio stations . François was also prizewinner at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw and Palma de Majorca in 1985, at the GPA of Dublin, at the Arthur Rubinstein competition of Tel-Aviv and at the Piano Master of Monte-Carlo in 1989.

He has been invited to play with conductors such as Theodore Guschlbauer, Emmanuel Krivine, Hubert Soudant, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Grzegosz Nowak and Radoslav Szulc. He was invited to play at Salle Gaveau and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, at the Music Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron, at France Musique in Wigmore Hall and in Japan, Malaysia and Taïwan.

In 1999 François Killian performed the complete works of Chopin in Germany.

Recently he participated at the discovery of composers Maurice Emmanuel and Paul Juon and he recorded and played several of their works for piano and chamber music.

He is currently member of following ensembles :

Trio Musarion • with Michael Massong, trombone and Frits Damrow, trumpet.

Salon Orchester Baden-Baden •

Trio In Movimento with : Anat Kolodny, clarinet and Martin Reetz, cello. Ensemble ContiNEO in Aalborg (DK) •

François Killian is also a appreciated accompanist and partner of a wide range of artists such as Philippe Bernold, Michel Moraguès, Jacques Zoon, Aniela Frey, Lajos Lencses, Nobuko Imai, Veit Hertenstein, Laurent Verney,Gustav Rivinius, Iseut Chuat, Natalie Dessay and Hélène Hébrard, Branimir Slokar, Mayumi Shimizu, Kazuma Mura.



Organization: CremonaFiere