Jean de Croos was born in Calais 1944 in the North of France and started studying music at the age of 12. He studied music at the Paris Conservatory with Paul Tortelier and Andre Navarra. In 1955 he went to Italy where he made his first recording, the Cello Concerto of Luigi Boccherini, with the Chamber Orchestra of Florence.
He had played in many countries in Europe and in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
He has won several competitions like the Pablo Casals Concours in Tel Aviv, the Concours International in Geneva and the Casals-Kreisler Concours in Liege.
He settled in the Netherlands, where he became the first solo cellist of the Concertgebouworkest.
Jean Decroos gives regular performances in the Netherlands and abroad and has made several recordings like the cello concertos of Dvorak and Frank Martin, sonatas of Brahms, Faure and Debussy, as well as the six solo suites of Bach.
He is a senior teacher at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague. Together with his wife Danniele Dechenne on piano, he played ‘Sonnat de forêt.
He plays an extraordinarily beautiful Giovanni Baptista Rogeri cello, made in Brescia in 1696.
Decroos was the founder of the Guarneri Trio who have composed more than 17 piano compositions.