Inspired by his uncle, who received a scholarship to study at the New York Juilliard School, Jeroen Quint started playing the violin when he was nine years old. In 1988, he combined his pre-university studies with the preparatory course at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where he studied with Hans Scheepers and John Harding. In 1995, he followed Harding not to New York but to Sydney, where he completed his conservatory degree. He gained much professional experience in Australia working as a substitute with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
After returning to the Netherlands, Quint decided to trade in the violin for the viola, which he subsequently played as a member of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra before joining the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as a violist in 1999. Since 2007, he has played a viola built by Ansaldo Poggi in Bologna in 1970. In addition to his position with the orchestra, he regularly performs chamber music with friends and colleagues and is occasionally asked to play on concerts with other orchestras, often abroad.
Out of principle, Quint has never participated in competitions. He says, ‘It’s wrong and misleading to assume that the winner of a competition is also the most interesting musician… Music should be used to help minimise, not accentuate, differences between people.’