Richard Watkins (horn)
Richard Watkins was Principal Horn of the Philharmonia Orchestra for 12 years. He is currently a member of the Nash Ensemble and a founder member of London Winds. He has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and worked with conductors such as Giulini, Sawallisch, Salonen, Slatkin, Sinopoli, Rozhdestvensky, Petrenko, Davis and Elder. He has an extensive discography and his forthcoming releases include a disc for NMC of works written for Watkins, a Wigmore Live Disc of the Britten Canticles with Mark Padmore, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Allan Clayton and Aldeburgh Strings, and Edward Gregson’s Horn Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic for Chandos. Richard regularly performs with singers such as John Mark Ainsley, Ian Bostridge and Mark Padmore, and with pianists including Barry Douglas, Julius Drake, Paul Lewis, Roger Vignoles and Ian Brown. He holds the Dennis Brain Chair of Horn Playing at the Royal Academy, where he is also a Fellow.