Conductor: 2018-2019 Season
Conductor Paul Bhasin serves on the faculty of Emory University. He directs the Emory Wind Ensemble, and for 2018-19, The Emory University Symphony Orchestra and the Emory Youth Symphony, as well as teaches conducting.
Praised for his “crisp, clear” conducting and “highly expressive” interpretations, Bhasin has led a variety of university and professional ensembles throughout North America and abroad including recent performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and throughout the People’s Republic of China. Ensembles under his direction have collaborated with soloists from the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and the US Marine Band. Bhasin’s recent guest engagements include appearances at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Virginia Symphony Orchestra (including live NPR broadcasts), American Youth Philharmonic, United States Marine Band, and with the Washington Symphonic Brass (DC). He has led the Williamsburg Symphony (an orchestra composed of Richmond and Virginia Symphony members) and served as Music Director of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras. He is in demand as a guest conductor and adjudicator and was recently invited to present at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic and and the Music Teachers National Association Conference.
Bhasin is an accomplished orchestral musician, having performed with the Virginia Symphony and Opera, Columbus (OH) Symphony, New World Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and at the music festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, and Ravinia. With these institutions he has performed under the batons of David Zinman, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Conlon, James DePriest, Leonard Slatkin, Andreas Delfs, and Gustav Meier. A committed trumpet teacher, his students have attended prestigious conservatories and music schools and have won first prize at major competitions including the National Trumpet Competition. He has been featured as a trumpet soloist on National Public Radio, Detroit PBS-TV, the International Computer Music Conference, at the Chautauqua Music Festival, and at the International Dvořák Festival (Prague, CZ). Bhasin has recorded as trumpeter and conductor for both the Centaur and Interscope record labels,and his 2015 Centaur Records release features the music of Brian Hulse and is performed by principals from the Richmond and Virginia Symphonies as well as the College of William & Mary Wind Ensemble.
Bhasin’s articles and reviews have been published in the Instrumentalist and the International Trumpet Guild Journal. His pedagogical trumpet text is published by BRASSJAR Music. His transcriptions and arrangements are published by Balquhidder Music and have been performed and commissioned in the US and abroad by the United States Marine Band, St. Louis Opera Theater, the United States Air Force Brass in Blue, Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra, La Unió Musical l’Horta de Sant Marcel·lí (Valencia, Spain) and the Washington Symphonic Brass (DC). In 2015, Bhasin composed and conducted the score to 9:23 Films’ motion picture, Hogtown (official selection, Berlin and Calgary International Film Festivals, and Cannes Festival Marché du Film). Michael Phillips of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the film was “…scored beautifully by composer Paul Bhasin…better than the entirety of the last few features I’ve seen, period.” In 2016, reviewer Ben Kenigsberg of the New York Times named the film a “Critic’s Pick” and one of the “Top 10 Films of 2016.”
Bhasin’s previous appointments include positions at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Triton College, and The College of William & Mary. He received his musical education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (DMA, conducting), Northwestern University (MM, trumpet), and the University of Michigan (BM, trumpet). His primary teachers were Scott Teeple (conducting), Charles Geyer (trumpet), and Charles Daval (trumpet).