WSO Principal Flutist Jan Kocman is well known to Canadian audiences for his solo, orchestral, and recital performances. He has been a featured soloist numerous times performing concerto repertoire by Nielsen, Mozart, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Telemann, Szervansky, Quantz, Glen Buhr, John Corigliano, R. Murray Schafer, Bright Sheng, Brian Current, Leonard Bernstein and Christopher Rouse.
A native of Hammond, Indiana, Jan began his flute studies at the age of eight with his father. He attended Indiana University, where he studied with renowned flutist James Pellerite, graduating with distinction with his Master’s Degree in Flute Performance. During his graduate studies he served as Associate Instructor to Mr. Pellerite and completed course work in musicology with Walter Kaufmann, the founding conductor of the WSO. He has performed as principal flutist with WSO Music Directors Piero Gamba, Kazuhiro Koizumi, Bramwell Tovey, Andrey Boreyko, and now Alexander Mickelthwate.