Paul Bhasin, Conductor
Conductor Paul Bhasin serves on the faculty of Emory University as Director of Wind Studies. In this capacity, he conducts the Emory Wind Ensemble, directs all aspects of Emory’s wind, brass, and percussion program, and 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. Ensemble
s 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 with the Interlochen Arts Academy Concert Band, Virginia Symphony Orchestra Brass and Percussion, American Youth Philharmonic, and with the Washington Symphonic Brass (DC). He has served as Assistant Conductor of the Williamsburg Symphony (an orchestra composed of Richmond and Virginia Symphony members) and 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 (in collaboration with the U.S. Marine Band), the College Band Director’s National Association Southern Division Conference, and the Music Teachers National Association Conference.
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.”
Bhasin is an accomplished orchestral trumpeter, 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 2014 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 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), and performed as a member of the University of Michigan Symphony Band under H. Robert Reynolds, and the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble under Mallory Thompson. His primary teachers were Scott Teeple (conducting), Charles Geyer (trumpet), and Charles Daval (trumpet). He is a member of the College Band Director’s National Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the League of American Orchestras.