Jan Willen Loot will be the chairman of the jury of the National Cello Concours. He was director of the Concertgebouw Orchestra until December 2008. Loot studied law at the University in Groningen and cello with René van Ast and Bertus van Lier. He was the director of the Overijssels Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. 

After his retirement in 2008 he was named as artistic director of the Orchestre National de France. Jan Willem Loot is also lid of the board of the Bimhuis and was chairman of the jury of the National Cello Concours in 2010, 2012 and 2014.