Kevin Hurst is based in Budleigh Salterton. He has enjoyed a career as a professional clarinettist giving highly-acclaimed recitals nationwide and abroad, including as a ‘Making Music’ featured artist in the UK and a guest appearance at the International Clarinet Association’s Annual Convention in Vancouver. The International Clarinet Association Journal has described his playing as having: ‘beautiful tone & technical authority’. Kevin is a ‘Wurlitzer clarinet artist’ and ‘Vandoren clarinet artist’ by invitation. He is on the substitute list of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, though he chose early on not to pursue an orchestral path.
Kevin’s earliest musical training was as a Bucks County Music Scholarship holder. This was followed by a music degree course at the University of York, culminating in a post-graduate research year into advanced musical performance at the RNCM funded by a Countess of Munster Musical Trust award. Whilst at university and the RNCM, Kevin won musical awards and prizes, notably for concerto competition performances.
Kevin is on the instrumental tutor list at the University of Exeter, conducts the East Devon Clarinet Choir and teaches primarily the piano at his home. He has previously worked as a civil servant at a London HQ and as a chess coach