Ian Zook, Assistant Professor
Ian Zook is an active orchestral and solo performer and has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He joined the faculty of James Madison University in 2009 and performs frequently with the Madison Brass and Montpelier Winds, both faculty ensembles in-residence at James Madison University. As soloist he has performed with numerous ensembles including the JMU Brass Band at the Kennedy Center, the JMU Wind Symphony, JMU Percussion Ensemble, the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Baroque Consort, and the Chamber Orchestra of Charlottesville.
Mr. Zook's orchestral experience is extensive and has included positions with the Princeton and Haddonfield Symphony Orchestras, and performances as a substitute musician with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Harrisburg, Richmond, Delaware, and Vermont Symphonies. He has performed under many of the world's premiere conductors including Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Neemi Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Osmo Vänskä, David Zinman, Leonard Slatkin, James Conlon, and David Robertson.
He has also presented numerous solo performances and lectures at universities, including Penn State, University of Michigan, Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, UNC-Greensboro, Western Carolina University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and UNC – Chapel Hill, as well as the annual South East Horn Workshop of the International Horn Society.
Having also attended numerous international music festivals, he performed concerts on tour with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra for the Festival del Sole in California, Italy, and Switzerland. These programs featured solo appearances from artists including Joshua Bell, Pinchas Zuckerman, Mishca Maisky, and Barbara Bonney. He also performed with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland on internationally broadcasted concerts under conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Mikhail Pletnev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Manfred Honeck.
Additionally, Mr. Zook toured as principal horn of the Pacific Music Festival in Japan under the baton of Valery Gergiev with concerts in Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo. He performed alongside principal musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic in both orchestral and chamber music, and also worked with principal musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic.
A proponent of period-instrument performance, he has played natural horn with the New York Collegium and the Washington Bach Consort. Mr. Zook was also a featured performer at the 2005 Northeast Horn Workshop playing trompe de chasse.
Mr. Zook holds degrees from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan. Additional experience was garnered performing both orchestral and chamber music at the National Orchestral Institute, Sarasota Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.