Jonathan Bhatia is currently the Lecturer of Trumpet at the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Music and Second Trumpet of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. Jonathan has performed in various venues and competitions across the globe. He was a prizewinner at the International Prize Competition in Tuscany, Italy, a featured artist at the 2017 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hershey, PA and a contributing artist at the 2017 International Horn Symposium in Natal, Brazil.
As a founding member of the Alias Brass Company, an internationally recognized brass chamber ensemble, Jonathan can be found making numerous performance and masterclass appearances around the world. During their 2017-2018 season, the Alias Brass Company completed a six week, twenty-nine performance Allied Concert Services tour and performed internationally in Alberta, CA and Natal, Brazil. As part of their educational mission, the Alias Brass Company regularly presents masterclasses and educational seminars for audiences of all ages in order to promote the instrumental art form and inspire creativity in the next generation of musicians and music appreciators.
In addition to regularly performing with Alias Brass Company, Jonathan has recently performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, the Los Angeles Modern Brass Quintet, Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Ballet, Southeast Symphony, Brazos Valley Symphony and the All-Star Brass. He has also held positions with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, as its tenured Principal Trumpet, the American Youth Symphony, as its second trumpet, and was fortunate enough to play alongside Icelandic composer Johann Johansson in a live performance of “The Miners’ Hymn”, which was featured in the Los Angeles Times’ List of the Best 25 Classical Moments of 2014. As a recording artist, Jonathan has been featured on National Public Radio, can be heard playing on various films and albums including the animated feature film Duck Duck Goose, Jens Lindemann’s album "Northern Lights" and various recorded performances on his YouTube channel he shares with hornist Natalie Brooke Higgins, the BrassHaus Network.
Jonathan’s flair for trumpet solo performance has earned him numerous appearances with ensembles of varying size and scope. Jonathan was featured as a soloist with the University of California, Los Angeles’ Philharmonia, the Nevada Wind Ensemble, the Debut Orchestra for their 60th Gala Celebration, and the Soul of the City Concert Series in Beaumont, TX with the Lamar University Brass Ensemble.
As an educator, Jonathan instructs undergraduate- and graduate-level music performance, music education students and bachelor of arts and music minor students through applied lessons, studio classes and chamber ensembles. Prior to his appointment at the University of Nevada, Reno, Jonathan was the Instructor of Music in Trumpet at Lamar University, a Texas State University in Beaumont, TX.
Jonathan Bhatia holds two degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied with Jens Lindemann and Tom Hooten. Additional mentors include Mark Hughes, Rob Roy McGregor and Darren Mulder.
Jonathan is a Yamaha Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Yamaha instruments.
- M.M., University of California, Los Angeles; Herb Alpert School of Music, 2016
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; 2013