Hailed by the Boston Globe as “exceedingly gifted," Richard Watson’s performance has been described by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as “stunning perfection."

Raised in Danvers, Massachusetts, Watson began studying violin at age four. Seven years later, he was allowed to choose a second instrument. Thanks to an inspirational band director named David Dubinsky, that instrument was the trumpet.

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 working with Schlueter while studying solfège with Larry Scripp. He then spent three summers as a member of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, followed by further studies with Vincent Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic and James Pandolfi of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

In addition to his solo work, Watson serves as Principal Trumpet of both the Nashua and the Granite State Symphony Orchestras and is Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. He is on the faculty of Salem State College and works with some talented younger trumpeters in his private studio and as an instructor for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.