Ian Zook, Associate Professor of Horn
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.
Zook’s orchestral experience is extensive and has included positions with the Charlottesville Symphony, Princeton Symphony, and Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra, and multiple performances as a substitute musician with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Harrisburg, Richmond, Roanoke, Virginia, Delaware, and Vermont Symphonies, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. He has performed under many of the world’s premiere conductors including Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Osmo Vänskä, David Zinman, Leonard Slatkin, James Conlon, and David Robertson.
He has also presented regular solo performances and lectures at universities, including University of Wisconsin-Madison, Curtis Institute of Music, University of Delaware, West Chester University, Penn State, University of Michigan, Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, UNC Greensboro, Western Carolina University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and UNC Chapel Hill. He is a regular featured performer and presenter at annual Southeast and Northeast Workshops of the International Horn Society, and presented the premiere of John Hilliard’s Love Songs for the New Kingdom at the 45th International Horn Symposium. He is currently active as the Virginia Representative for the International Horn Society.
Zook has performed at several international music festivals, including 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 Zukerman, Mischa Maisky, and Barbara Bonney. He also performed with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland on internationally-broadcast concerts under conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Mikhail Pletnev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Manfred Honeck.
Additionally, 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 settings, 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, Washington Bach Consort, and Staunton Music Festival. Zook was also a featured performer at the 2005 Northeast Horn Workshop playing trompe de chasse. On the opposite end of the spectrum, he has moonlighted with popular acts such as the three Irish Tenors, Mannheim Steamroller, Billy Ocean, KC and the Sunshine Band, and The Gladhands.
Zook holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan. His teachers have included Sören Hermansson, Bryan Kennedy, Lowell Greer, and John Zirbel. 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.
The JMU Horn Studio consists of both undergraduate and graduate music majors in the School of Music at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
These students major in several different degree program ranging from Music Performance and Music Education to Music Composition and Music Industry.
All horn majors perform with the excellent large ensembles at JMU, the JMU Horn Choir, and several different chamber groups including horn quartets, horn trios, brass and woodwind quintets, and mixed chamber ensembles. The studio is also active off-campus with performances in the Harrisonburg community, and has attended annual Southeast and Northeast Horn Workshop of the International Horn Society since 2009, and the International Horn Symposium in Memphis, TN.
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