August Watters is a multi-stylistic, improvising mandolinist, composer/arranger, and teacher in Boston, USA. His work as an interpreter, improviser, composer and arranger bridges contemporary classical music, jazz, folk music traditions, and the historical concert mandolin repertoire. He is the founder of the New England Mandolin Ensemble, Boston Mandolins, the Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music, and Cape Cod Mandolin Camp.
As an international clinician and soloist, August has performed in Italy, Germany, England, the Czech Republic, England, Canada, and the United States. He is also an Emmy award-winning arranger, with dozens of studio credits as arranger, orchestrator and conductor for television and film music. August holds a Masters of Music Education from Boston University, and a Bachelor’s of Music from Berklee College, majoring in Jazz Composition and Arranging, summa cum laude. For years, he was a Professor of Ear Training at Berklee College of Music. August and Dave Reiner occasionally play together in the Western Swing Band, The Longhorns.