Ian Zook, horn, is an active orchestral and solo performer and has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. As a member of the performance faculty at the University of Virginia, he serves as principal horn of the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Albemarle Ensemble. An active freelancer in Philadelphia, Mr. Zook also performs with the Princeton and Haddonfield Symphony Orchestras in New Jersey, and as a substitute musician for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony and the Vermont Symphony.
Most recently, he performed concerts with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in California, Italy, and Switzerland. These programs featured solo appearances from artists including Joshua Bell, Pinchas Zuckerman, Mishca Maisky, and Barbara Bonney. In 2007 he joined the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, performing concerts under conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Mikhail Pletnev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Manfred Honeck.
In 2006, 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 principals members of the Vienna Philharmonic in both orchestral and chamber music, and also worked with principal musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Formerly an active freelance musician in Michigan, Mr. Zook held positions with the Dearborn, Adrian, and Birmingham-Bloomsfield Symphony Orchestras, as well as a mentorship with the Detroit Civic Orchestra. He also performed on Naxos' Grammy Award-winning recording of William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience under Leonard Slatkin.
Mr. Zook has also performed 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.