Professor Sir Curtis Alexander Price, KBE (born in Springfield, Missouri, in 1945) has been Warden of New College, Oxford, since October 2009. He was previously Principal of the Royal Academy of Music from 1995 to 2008 and Professor of Music in the University of London.
Price was raised in Charleston, Illinois, and received his undergraduate musical training at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He attained a Ph.D from Harvard University. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1981 to teach at King's College London, latterly as Head of Department. Price is a Trustee of Musica Britannica, the Handel House Museum and the British Library Sound Archive, and is a Governor of the Purcell School. During his tenure as Principal of Royal Academy of Music, the Academy became a full school of University of London, it developed collaborations with Juilliard School (New York) and other music schools abroad, it acquired important archives (including the Foyle Menuhin archive) and in 2005 it acquired the "Viotti ex-Bruce" Stradivari violin.
In 2005, Price was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) for services to music. The knighthood was made substantive in the New Year Honours List 2006.
He is married to Professor Rhian Samuel, a composer.