Zachary Guiles has been the principal trombonist of the Richmond Symphony since the fall of 2015. Prior to joining the RSO, Zachary performed as acting associate principal trombonist of the Utah Symphony, and has also performed with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, Boston Pops, and Boston Pops Esplanade. While living in Boston for his graduate studies, Zachary held positions in the New Bedford and Portland Symphony Orchestras. Zachary spent two formative summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, performing under the batons of Charles Dutoit, Andris Nelsons, Lorin Maazel, and many others. Passionate about chamber as well as orchestral music, Zachary was also a fellow at the prestigious Norfolk Chamber Music Festival where he spent a summer rehearsing and performing intensively with his brass quintet with guidance from faculty of the Yale School of Music.
Zachary grew up in the woods of rural Vermont. Homeschooled by his father, Zachary began studying piano and trombone at an early age, eventually making biweekly trips to Boston for trombone lessons. At age 14, Zachary entered the Interlochen Arts Academy to intensify his education and focus on performance. Following Interlochen, Zachary decided to further his education at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree studying under former Cleveland Orchestra principal trombonist James DeSano. Zachary also holds a Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory, studying under former Boston Symphony trombonist and composer Norman Bolter
Recently married, Zachary and his trumpeter wife, Ayano, are excited by their new opportunities in Virginia as they discover all that Richmond has to offer! Most of their free time is spent with their rescue hound, Ginny, and their cockatiel, Yuzu.