Kevin Thompson was appointed to the trombone section of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, by Maestro Jaap van Zweden, in 2016. His duties in the orchestra include playing Second and Principal Trombone, as well as bass trumpet and euphonium. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Kevin was Principal Trombone with the Malaysian Philharmonic (1998-2012), and Co-Principal Trombone with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, in South Africa (1992-1998). From 1989-1992 he was the trombone and euphonium player of Foothills Brass, a full-time professional brass quintet based in Calgary, Canada.
Although born and raised in Canada, Kevin has spent most of his professional life overseas. He was trained in Canada, and did post-graduate work in England, with Denis Wick (former Principal Trombone of the London Symphony). In addition to the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Kevin has worked with major orchestras in Norway, Sweden, the UK, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Macau and mainland China.
In addition to his vast orchestral experience, Kevin has always remained dedicated to chamber music. He has commissioned and published a wide variety of works, and works regularly with brass quintets, trombone quartets, and other ensembles.
Promoting the euphonium as a solo and chamber music instrument is another of Kevin’s musical passions. He has recorded two critically-acclaimed solo euphonium recordings and has shared the beauty of this wonderful instrument with people around the world at recitals and masterclasses.