Jonathan Boen has served as Principal Horn for the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 1979, also holding the position of Principal Horn of the Grant Park and Music of the Baroque orchestras.
Jon has performed with the Chicago Symphony, and was invited by Zubin Mehta to perform with the Israel Philharmonic at the Ravinia Festival. He has served as Guest Principal Horn for the Dallas Symphony, Santa Fe Opera and the Milwaukee Symphony. As a chamber musician, he has appeared with the Chicago Chamber Players, Rembrandt Chamber Players, Contemporary Chamber Players, MusicNow, Colorado College Summer Festival, Sanibel Music Festival and Midsummer's Music.
In high demand as a recitalist and orchestral soloist, Jonathan is known for his masterful interpretations of works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Lennox, Berkeley, Brahms, Britten, Cherubini, Handel, Martinu, W.A. and Leopold Mozart, Poulenc, Schoenberg, Schumann, Scriabin, Strauss, Telemann and Vivaldi. He premiered Jan Bach's Horn Concerto in 1983 to great critical acclaim, a work written especially for him by the renowned Illinois composer. In 2004, Jon revived the concerto in an historic performance under the direction of Larry Rachleff, and subsequently recorded the piece with the Chicago Philharmonic for Equilibrium Records.
Mr. Boen's artistry has been heard in multiple live WFMT Chicago radio broadcasts. He was a featured guest on the Studs Terkel program in 1983, and has been active in Chicago's commercial recording studios, having been involved with more than 1,000 jingles for radio and television programs airing nationwide.
Mr. Boen currently serves on the faculty of Northwestern and Roosevelt Universities. He has given master classes throughout the United States, England and Japan.