Jacques Zoon studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Koos Verheul and Harrie Starreveld and afterwards in Canada at the Bannf Center for the Arts with Geoffrey Gilbert.
He was a member of the Netherlands- and later of the European Community Youth Orchestra under conductors as Abbado and Bernstein. He was solo flautist of the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Residentie Orchestra, and from 1988 until 1994 of the Royal Concertgebouworchestra, with whom he performed as a soloist in the concertos of Mozart, Jolivet, Martin and Gubaidulina. He also was solo flautist of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe from 1989 until 1997. On various occasions he played as principal flute with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Claudio Abbado, during tours to Rome and Vienna, to the USA and during the Easter Festival Salzburg.