Ainur Zabenova received her bachelor’s degree from the Almaty State Conservatory in Kazakhstan. She also held the position of Concertmaster of the chamber orchestra Kamerata Kazakhstan from 1997 until 2001. In 2002 she came to the U.S. to pursue her master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music with Professor Oleh Krysa and graduated with the Performer’s Certificate. She joined the RPO in the fall of 2003. Zabenova teaches violin at the University of Rochester and is pursuing her doctorate at Eastman.