After his studies, he directed his career towards teaching cello, which fascinated him, and discovering new music, collaborating with artists from different backgrounds. Thus, he plays and records with W. Sheller and A. Bashung as well as with Les Baladins du Miroir and Groupov : numerous tours in Europe, America and Africa. In 1991, he founded the Nahandove Ensemble and since 1999 has been solo cello of Musiques Nouvelles. With these 2 ensembles, he creates numerous works by Belgian and foreign composers in Europe, Quebec and Asia.
Interested in musical improvisation, he regularly plays with Garrett List and Pirly Zustrassen with whom he forms the Chromosonore quartet.
He also plays his own compositions in recitals “Music Poetry” with the writer François Emmanuel and performs in the sonatas repertoire with pianist C. Galland.
Currently, Jean-Pol Zanutel teaches cello at the Hannut Academy and the Royal Conservatory of Liege.