Paul Bhasin serves as director of orchestral studies and director of undergraduate research in the Department of Music at Emory University. Praised for his “crisp, clear conducting” and “highly expressive interpretations”, Bhasin has led a variety of university, youth, and professional ensembles throughout North America and abroad, including performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., throughout the People’s Republic of China, and later this year in Vienna, Austria, with the EUSO and vocal studies program. Bhasin has made guest appearances with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, American Youth Philharmonic, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, and at Interlochen Arts Academy, and performed with members of the Richmond Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra. He has served as a guest orchestral clinician throughout the United States, and presented at national conferences, including the Midwest Orchestra Clinic and the National Music Teachers Association Conference. Bhasin serves as music director of the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival. He has performed as a chamber musician on WFMT in Chicago and Detroit PBS-TV, at festivals nationwide, and with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York.
Bhasin’s compositions, transcripts, and arrangements are published by Carl Fischer Music and have been performed and commissioned in the United States and abroad by the San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Opera Theater, Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra, La Unió Musical l’Horta de Sant Marcel·lí (Valencia, Spain), and the Washington (DC) Symphonic Brass. Bhasin’s score to 9/23 Films’ motion picture HOGTOWN (award-winner at the Berlin, Los Angeles, and Nashville International Black film festivals) was praised by the Chicago Sun-Times as “ . . . 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.