Dave Price has worked as a composer, multi-instrumentalist, performer, sound designer, musical director, record producer, arranger, teacher and a drummer in a pop band. He studied violin and piano, read music at Durham University and taught himself percussion before receiving a scholarship to study with Stanisław Skoczynski at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw for three years.
In 2002 Dave began a longstanding association with the award-winning physical theatre company Gecko, starting as a performer in the company’s first show Taylor’s Dummies and The Overcoat which toured extensively internationally. He composed original soundtracks for The Overcoat, Missing, Institute and The Wedding; The Time of Your Life, filmed and broadcast live on BBC4 and The Dreamer, a co-production with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre.
As a musician he has performed and recorded with many different groups, including six albums and extensive touring with Aqualung and numerous projects with singer-songwriter Gwyneth Herbert, co-producing her album The Sea Cabinet. He co-founded the contemporary music collective Noszferatu who performed regularly at major UK contemporary music festivals and on BBC Radio 3. Their CD Drempel (NMC) includes his composition Lee’s Game, which was short-listed for a BASCA Composers Award in 2008.
Other recent highlights include original scores for From Morning to Midnight (National Theatre), Cymbeline (RSC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tom Morris with Handspring Puppet Company (Bristol Old Vic and international tour); scores and sound design for A Soldier in Every Son, Troilus and Cressida and Measure for Measure(RSC), King Lear, The Crucible, Life Raft (Bristol Old Vic), Young, Autistic and Stagestruck (Channel 4 / Lyric Hammersmith), DeadCluband The Roof (Requardt & Rosenberg); recording with Regina Spektor (Far), Duke Special (Oh Pioneer!) and Tom Chaplin (The Wave), Finn Peters’ Music of the Mind project and gigs with Eska.