Zachary Guiles was appointed to the Richmond Symphony as principal trombonist in the fall of 2015. Prior to joining the RSO, Zachary completed a season 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 earning his masters degree at the New England Conservatory, 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 also spent a summer as a fellow at the prestigious Norfolk Chamber Music Festival where he spent six weeks rehearsing and performing intensively with his brass quintet.
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. Upon graduating from Interlochen, Zachary decided to further pursue his passion in Ohio, where he received his bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory.
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! In their free time, Zachary and Ayano enjoy traveling, discovering good restaurants, and casual bike rides.