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Arthur Bonzon was born in the small town of Bourg en Bresse and grew up surrounded by percussion instruments, his father, Claude Bonzon, being a professional percussionist and percussion teacher.
At the age of 15, he studied with Michel Gastaud, former first percussionist of the Paris Opera, at the Conservatoire de Saint-Maur des Fossés, before joining, in 2011, the class of Yves Brustaux, Christophe Delannoy, Philippe Spiesser and Claude Gastaldin at the Haute École de musique de Genève.
His godfather, Jacque Delécluse, also gave him precious advice throughout his studies. Arthur Bonzon has performed with several orchestras including the Opéra national de Paris, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic Orchestra and the Miami Music Festival Orchestra. After obtaining a Master's degree in specialized musical interpretation for soloist, he became the principal timpanist of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR) at the age of 22.
Arthur Bonzon's eclectic musical DNA led him to found and co-found the 46N° trio and the Jjaf Percussion quartet, two groups that seek to develop and promote new and original music. He is also a member of the Eklekto percussion centre, based in Geneva. In 2017, he joins a jazz group created by his colleagues at the OSR as a drummer.
His passion for teaching has led him to live various experiences, such as coaching the Vienna Harmonia Symphony Orchestra and organizing masterclasses in France and Taiwan.