Jonathan Bhatia

Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet
Jon Bhatia


Jonathan Bhatia has performed in various venues and competitions across the globe. He was a prizewinner at the International Prize Competition in Tuscany, Italy, and the winner of the UCLA Concerto Competition in 2013. Bhatia is a three time winner of the Stanley Wilson Award and the only two time winner of the Fred Ohlendorf Award for outstanding musicianship. Bhatia has held the tenured positions of principal trumpet in the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and associate principal trumpet in the American Youth Symphony. He has performed at venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Greek Theatre, Crystal Theatre, and Royce Hall.  Recently, Bhatia performed with the Long Beach Symphony, Southeast Symphony and  recorded with the All-Star Brass.

Bhatia premiered original works on National Public Radio and can be heard playing on various short films. While attending the University of California, Los Angeles, Bhatia studied with world-renowned soloist, Jens Lindemann. Bhatia performed the national anthem at Pauley Pavilion for a sold out crowd of 12,000 people and tens of thousands of viewers tuning in to the nationally broadcasted season opener of the NCAA Pac-12. He was also 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 Best 25 Classical Moments of 2014. He has also performed as soloist with the Debut Symphony for their 60th gala celebration, featuring the music of John Williams, Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, and honoring trumpet great Malcolm Mcnabb.

Bhatia's flair for trumpet solo performance has earned him numerous appearances with ensembles of varying size and scope. Arranging is a passion and hobby for Bhatia. His arrangements have been featured on concerts with the Alias Brass Company and the All-Star Brass in Banff, Alberta. These arrangements vary greatly in style and instrumentation. He is currently working on a new short concept based on his arrangements for the Alias Brass International Tour. He has received high acclaim for his compositional prowess, and continues to work on creating new and energetic works for a variety of mediums.

Bhatia is a founding member of the Alias Brass Company, where he performs exclusively on Yamaha instruments.