Principal Horn of Music of the Baroque, Jonathan (Jon) Boen also serves as Principal Horn for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Orchestra, and the Chicago Philharmonic. Mr. Boen has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti, and the Israel Philharmonic at the Ravinia Festival, at the request of Maestro Zubin Mehta. He also has been Guest Principal Horn for the Santa Fe Opera and the Milwaukee Symphony.
Mr. Boen has appeared with a variety of groups, including the Contemporary Chamber Players and Music Now. He is a former member of the Denver Symphony and the Chicago Brass Quintet, with whom he toured extensively and released three recordings. Mr. Boen also has taken part in the Colorado College Summer Festival, the Sanibel Music Festival, and Midsummer’s Music in Door County, Wisconsin. He spent two summers at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
In high demand both as a recitalist and orchestra soloist, Mr. Boen is known for his performances of works by J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Lennox Berkeley, Brahms, Britten, Cherubini, Handel, Martinu, W. A. and Leopold Mozart, Poulenc, Schumann, Scriabin, Strauss, Telemann, and Vivaldi. In 1983, he premiered Jan Bach’s Horn Concerto, a work written especially for him by the renowned Illinois composer. In 2004, Mr. Boen revived the concerto in a historic performance with the Chicago Philharmonic (then called Symphony II).
Mr. Boen has been heard in many live WFMT Chicago radio broadcasts of concerts by the Lyric Opera, the Grant Park Orchestra, and Music of the Baroque. He has been a guest on the Studs Terkel program, and has performed with “Live from WFMT.”
Teaching is an important part of Mr. Boen’s musical life: he has given master classes throughout the United States, as well as in England and Japan. He currently serves on the faculty of the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago.