Nicolás Bejarano Isaza
Nicolás is a Colombian trumpet player currently based in Los Angeles, California. He is a contemporary and new-music enthusiast and advocate; with experience and knowledge of the chamber, solo and orchestral trumpet literature. He has worked with innovative LA groups such as the experimental opera company The Industry, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, and is currently the second trumpet for the American Youth Symphony for the 2017/2018 season. Bejarano has presented masterclasses at the National University of Colombia and Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá for both trumpet players and composers; sharing his passion for the ever-growing repertoire.
His passion for contemporary music has also led him to found the Carillon Quartet and spearhead the rebirth of Mauricio Kagel's "radiostük" Nah und Fern into a live version for trumpet quartet and playback. This massive endeavor has been his obsession since 2013 and received its première performance on December 6, 2015 at CalArts' Wild Beast to great reception.
Bejarano owes most of his musical upbringing to trumpet greats: Edward Carroll, Gabriele Cassone and Russell Devuyst. Additionally he has had the pleasure of participating in classes with Thomas Stevens, Håkan Hardenberger, Markus Stockhausen, Marco Blaauw, Clément Saunier, John Wallace, Stephen Burns, Mark Gould, Brian McWhorter, Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, and James Thompson amongst others. Other influential mentors include persian music greats Pirayeh Pourafar and Houman Pourmehdi; and the free-improviser Vinny Golia.
Nicolás holds a BMUS from McGill University's Schulich School of Music and an MFA from the Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).