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Teaching Artist, Performing Artist, Carnegie Hall artist
My school is:
The Academy - A program of Carnegie Hall The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute
My style(s) of music:
Choral, Classical, Electronic, Experimental, Film, Funk, Gospel, Indie, Jazz, Latin, Musical Theater, Opera, Pop, Rhythm and Blues, Sacred, Traditional
I am interested in:
Composing / Arranging, Conducting, Ethnomusicology, Film Scoring / Soundtracks, Making Music Videos, Multimedia Projects, Music History, Music Theory, Performing, Recording / Producing / Engineering, Writing Lyrics
My musical instrument(s):
Piano / keyboard, Trumpet, Other
More about me:
Raised as a jazz trumpeter in the San Francisco Bay Area, NATHAN BOTTS now enjoys
a diverse career as a soloist, recording artist, interpreter of experimental music,
composer, improviser, and specialist on the historic valveless trumpet. He has appeared
as a soloist in Beijing with the China National Symphony, in Zurich with the Verbier
Festival Chamber Orchestra, and recently made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the
Brigham Young University Philharmonic premiering a new concerto for trumpet and
Making New York City his home, Botts works regularly with a variety of ensembles including the American Symphony, New York City Ballet, New York Pops, Orchestra of
Saint Luke's, Riverside Symphony, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra,
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and a variety of Broadway shows.
On the historic
valveless trumpet he can be heard with as the trumpet soloist with Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, principal trumpet of Concert Royal, and is a member of The Trinity Baroque Orchestra. In addition he performs with other period music ensembles such as Tafelmusik, The Boston Early Music Festival, American Classical Orchestra, the Boston Early Music Festival,
The American Classical Orchestra, The American Bach Sololists, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and Tempesta di Mare.
Botts is also a member of both the Wet Ink Ensemble and Second
Instrumental Unit, two groups specializing in new and experimental music.
His own projects include the Nathan Botts Quartet, featuring many of his own jazz
compositions, and the Jazz from Venetian Manuscripts project, which translates some of
his favorite Renaissance music into new musical aesthetics. Botts made his first
recording as a bandleader in 1998 with Well Trained Monkeys (The Way You Look
Tonight) which featured his own compositions and witty arrangements of popular jazz
standards. He has since performed as a sideman or collaborator on over 20 different
Widely praised for his musical versatility, Botts is the only trumpeter to ever win both the
Jazz and Classical Solo competitions of the International Trumpet Guild in the same year.
Botts studied jazz at the Manhattan School of Music and is a graduate of both Brigham
Young University and The Juilliard School. He was also the recipient of a performance,
teaching, and arts advocacy fellowship from Carnegie Hall.
"Nathan Botts, Concert Royal’s principal trumpeter, played his solo admirably."
There he is. The man. The legend. How's it going? Welcome to Musical Exchange. You playing Messiah this year on your period trumpet? Funny story: I was at trivia a few weeks with Erica, and the guy asked for the composer of The Messiah. I had to be the guy to run up to the mic and nix the "The". I'm not alone in this, right?