Sébastian Jacot was born in Geneva in 1987, and started playing the flute at age eight. He studied with Isabelle Giraud and at age fifteen he was accepted into the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève in Prof. Jacques Zoon’s class. There he studied until 2010 when he obtained his Pedagogy and Soloist diploma with Distinction.
Mr. Jacot has received First prize in 2002 and 2004 at the Youth Swiss Music Competition, in 2005 he was named Soloist of the Year by the “Jmanuel und Evamaria Schenk Stiftung” and in April 2013 he won First prize and Audience award at the famous Kobe International Flute Competition. In 2014 he won another First prize and also Best interpretation of Danish work at the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition, which he in his own words described, “I have won the World Flute Championships”. Chairman of the Jury, Pierre-Yves Artaud describes Mr. Jacot: “He has all the qualities we were looking for. He has charisma, musicality, and technical prowess. I am so pleased that we have discovered this new talent”. In September 2015, he took the 1st Prize at the ARD International Music Competition Munich with strong confidence.
From 2006 to 2008, Mr Jacot was Assistant Principal Flute under Maestro Edo de Waart at the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and since 2008 he has served as Principal Flutist at the Saito Kinen Festival under Maestro Seiji Osawa and is currently Solo Flutist at the Contrechamps Ensemble in Geneva.
Mr. Jacot has been invited to play in orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Mozart Orchestra in Bologna under Maestro Claudio Abbado, the Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and plays regularly with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He also presents recitals, master classes and performs in chamber music, and festivals all over the world.
Mr. Jacot plays one of three cocus wooden Haynes made in 1999, a 14k custom made golden Parmenon and a silver Miyasawa generously given by the President of the Arts Global, Heather de Haes.