Zon Eastes began piano lessons at age five with his aunt Wanda in a small town in Kansas. He was introduced to the cello in fifth grade via a town-wide public school string orchestra program, and became entirely enamored of the cello and the wide world of music when he met his first private cello teacher, Nancy Kerr.
Eastes has taught cello and coached chamber music at Amherst, Dartmouth, and Keene State colleges as well as at the Brattleboro Music Center. He has performed as chamber musician and festival participant across North America, in Europe and China. He has conducted orchestras on both coasts, and directed the Windham Orchestra for over twenty years. He holds music degrees from Stony Brook University and the University of New Mexico. In addition to Nancy Kerr, his musical mentors include Blanche Moyse and Timothy Eddy.