Jonathan Bhatia is currently a lecturer of trumpet at the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Music. He 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, Pennsylvania and a contributing artist at the 2017 International Horn Symposium in Natal, Brazil.
As a founding member and the principal trumpet of the Alias Brass Company, an internationally recognized brass chamber ensemble, Bhatia 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, 29 performance, Allied Concert Services tour and performed internationally in Alberta, Canada and Natal, Brazil. As part of its 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, Bhatia has recently performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Brazos Valley Symphony, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Ballet, Southeast Symphony and the All-Star Brass. He has also held positions with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, as their tenured principal trumpet, the American Youth Symphony, as their second trumpet and was fortunate enough to play alongside Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson 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, he 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.
His flair for trumpet solo performance has earned him numerous appearances with ensembles of varying size and scope. Bhatia was featured as a soloist with the University of California, Los Angeles' Philharmonia, the Debut Orchestra for their 60th Gala Celebration and the Soul of the City Concert Series in Beaumont, Texas, with the Lamar University Brass Ensemble.
As an educator, he instructs undergraduate and graduate level music performance and music education students through applied lessons, studio classes and chamber ensembles. Prior to his appointment at the University of Nevada, Reno, he was the instructor of music in trumpet at Lamar University, a Texas State University in Beaumont, Texas.
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 and Rob Roy McGregor.
- M.M., University of California, Los Angeles; Herb Alpert School of Music, 2016
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; 2013