Nathan Botts

Artist Associate in Trumpet & Director of Brass Ensemble

Artist Associate in Trumpet and Director of the Williams College Brass Ensemble, Nathan Botts enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, recording artist, composer, improviser, and specialist on the historic valveless trumpet.

An enthusiastic advocate of historic performance practices and the use of period instruments, he has been hailed by the New York Times as "superb" and "admirable" for his abilities on the treacherous historic valveless trumpet. Botts travels regularly across the US and Canada to perform with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Boston Early Music Festival, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Tempesta di Mare, The American Classical Orchestra, and The American Bach Soloists. Other projects include regular appearances with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, a band specializing in jazz from the 1920’s and 1930’s, and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, a group specializing in late 19th and early 20th century American popular music. He is also a founding member of The Declassified, a new group that specializes in engaging diverse audiences with classical music, presented in new and innovative ways.

As a soloist, Botts has performed in Beijing with the China National Symphony, in Zurich with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, and at Carnegie Hall with the Brigham Young University Philharmonic, where he premiered a new concerto for trumpet and voice by composer Newell Dayley.  As an orchestral musician he has been principal trumpet of the China National Symphony, and freelances regularly with a number of New York City based groups such as the American Symphony, Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, Ensemble ACJW, New York City Ballet, Riverside Symphony, New York Pops, as well as a variety of Broadway shows.

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 25 records.

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. He 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 post-graduate performance, teaching, and arts advocacy fellowship at Carnegie Hall known as “The Academy.”

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