Described by Gramophone Magazine as “eloquent,” Dr. Zenas Kim-Banther is an international soloist, orchestral trombonist, chamber musician, and educator. As a soloist she has been invited on several international stages, including performances with the Athens City Symphony Orchestra in Greece, Croatian Military Wind Orchestra in Zagreb, Altena Brass of the Netherlands, and the University of Maryland Wind Orchestra. Zenas was also a finalist of the International Trombone Association’s Gagliardi, Smith, and Alto Competitions. As an avid chamber musician, Zenas is a core member of the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, touring across the United States, and world wide. She has performed at various chamber music festivals, including the Storioni Festival in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, performing with principals from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Equally at home as an orchestral player, she was appointed Principal Trombone of Daegu Symphony Orchestra in South Korea, as well as appearing with various orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic. She has performed under the baton of conducting legends such as James Levine, Kurt Masur, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Herbert Blomstedt, Yannick Nezet Seguin, and Ludovic Morlot. She was also a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, Banff Centre’s Orchestra Residency Program and National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Fellowship Program.
With a passion for music education, Zenas was on faculty at the Kye Myung University School of Music as adjunct professor of trombone. She has also held masterclasses at international brass festivals and at universities across the United States, including University of Louisville, George Mason University, Indiana University South Bend, and University of Nebraska Lincoln. She received a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory in trombone performance and music history, then earned a Master of Music from Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. She obtained a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland, researching Scandinavian solo and chamber works for the trombone.
She currently resides in Maryland with her tubist husband John William Banther, dogs Gabby and Maggie, and their horse named Bolero.