Kevin Price was born in Wellington, New Zealand and studied at Otago University and the University of Auckland whilst working as sub-principal trombone with the Auckland Philharmonia and as a freelance player with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He moved to London in 1989 after winning a three-year Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) scholarship for postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, leading to freelance work with several London orchestras. Kevin was subsequently appointed Principal Trombone of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and taught trombone for Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.
In 2005, Kevin was appointed RWCMD Head of Brass and Percussion Studies, enabling him to build on a rich tradition of high-level performance and to oversee the development of vocational activities in brass chamber music, historical performance, educational outreach, brass teaching methods and healthy practice.
Kevin examines at specialist music schools and UK conservatoires and works as a reviewer, competition judge and festival adjudicator. He is a Diploma examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2012. He is a member of the Court of Assistants for the Royal Society of Musicians and supports the work of the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund and British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), aiding performing musicians to pursue active and healthy careers.
From 2016 Kevin served as RWCMD Interim Director of Music, leading to his appointment as Head of Music Performance in 2017, and then Deputy Director of Music. The role requires him to balance and blend professional training of music students with the vibrant and diverse RWCMD arts programme, ensuring that each world-class artist visiting RWCMD brings with them a significant benefit to the student’s training experience. Whilst developing and facilitating cross-disciplinary performance opportunities and ongoing enhancements for students, he also supports the development of the College’s profile as the National Conservatoire of Wales, and its participation within music education in Wales and international music industry networks.