Born and raised in the small city of Bourg en Bresse, Arthur Bonzon grew up surrounded by percussion instruments since his father, Claude Bonzon, is also a professional percussionist and percussion teacher. At age 15, he started studying with Michel Gastaud, former principal percussionist of the Paris Opéra, at the conservatory of Saint-Maur des Fossés, before joining the class of Yves Brustaux, Christophe Delannoy, Philippe Spiesser and Claude Gastaldin at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève in 2011. His godfather, Jacques Delécluse, also provided invaluable guidance all throughout his studies. Arthur has performed with orchestras such as the Opéra National de Paris, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Baltic Sea Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Miami Music Festival Orchestra. Just right after he obtained a masters degree specializing in soloist performance in 2016, he became principal timpanist of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR) at age 22.
Arthur’s eclectic musical DNA has led him to found and co-found the trio 46°N and the Jjaf Percussion Quartet respectively, with both groups trying to develop and promote new and original music. He is also a member of the Eklekto Geneva percussion center. In 2017, he joined the jazz band created by his colleagues at the OSR, playing the drums.
His passion for teaching has led him to experiences such as coaching the Harmonia Symphony Orchestra in Vienna and giving masterclasses in France and Taiwan.
In his free time, he likes to ski and lives to eat, but most of all, loves to spend time with his family