Hailed by Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe as an “exceedingly gifted trumpeter,” and complimented by Wynton Marsalis for his “wide open, soulful sound,” Richard Watson has appeared as soloist with the Nashua, Worcester, and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Salem and North Shore Philharmonic Orchestras, the New England Chamber Orchestra, and the Waldstadt Kammerorchester Karlsruhe.  In addition to serving as Principal Trumpet of the Nashua Symphony Orchestra, he is a member of the Boston Philharmonic and the Granite State Symphony Orchestras and appears frequently with the Albany Symphony, the Portland Symphony, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.  After graduating from Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mr. Watson spent three summers as a member of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra where he received the Wynton Marsalis Fellowship in 1995.  Also active as a chamber musician, he is a member of the Majestic Brass and is a frequent guest artist with the Huntington Brass Quintet, the Triton Brass Quintet, and Innovata.  Watson’s principal trumpet teachers have been James Pandolfi, Vincent Penzarella, Charles Schlueter, and David Dubinsky, and his solfege teacher was Larry Scripp.  Mr. Watson can be heard on recordings with the Boston Symphony (Berlioz Requiem), the Boston Pops (Summon the Heroes), and the Boston Philharmonic (Beethoven 9, Rite of Spring, Petrushka, Mahler 6, Shostakovich 5),  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 his dog Shelby.

 

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