Hailed by the Boston
Globe as an “exceedingly gifted” trumpeter, and complimented by Wynton Marsalis for his “wide open, soulful sound,” Richard Watson’s
playing was recently described by
John Zeugner of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as “stunning
Watson spent his final two years of high school at Walnut Hill
School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, where he was accepted
into Benjamin Zander’s masterclass and the private studio of Boston
Symphony Principal Trumpet Charles Schlueter. At the New
England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Watson continued his
studies with Schlueter while studying solfège with Larry Scripp. He
then spent three summers as a member of the Tanglewood Music Center
Orchestra, working with the legendary Roger Voisin. After his
time at Tanglewood, Watson’s studies continued with Vincent
Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic and James Pandolfi of the
has appeared as soloist with the
Nashua, Granite State, Worcester, and Boston Symphony Orchestras,
the Salem and North Shore Philharmonic Orchestras, the New England
Chamber Orchestra, and the Waldstadt Kammerorchester Karlsruhe.
Hope, his album
of music for trumpet and organ with Douglas Major, is scheduled to
be released in the summer of 2008.
In addition to his
work as a soloist, Mr. Watson serves as Principal Trumpet of both
the Nashua and Granite State Symphony Orchestras and Assistant
Principal of the Boston Philharmonic. As an orchestral musician,
Watson can be heard on recordings with the Boston Symphony, the
Boston Pops, the Boston Philharmonic, the Albany Symphony, and the
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and on the Sony Classical video
series, Marsalis on Music.
A native of
Danvers, Massachusetts, Watson now lives in Peabody, Massachusetts
with his wife Jacqueline and their son William.