Trinity Laban awards Honorary Fellowships to Aaron Dworkin and Chi-chi Nwanoku

Honorary Fellowships

Trinity Laban is delighted to announce that it has presented Honorary Fellowships to two outstanding individuals who have made a major contribution to the arts in the UK and internationally.

The Honorary Fellowships were presented by Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal of Trinity Laban, to Aaron Dworkin and Chi-chi Nwanoku at the Southbank Centre on Monday 18 July.

The presentations were made at the Sphinx Global Symposium on Diversity in Classical Music, presented in partnership with the Southbank Centre, London Music Masters, Chineke! Foundation and Sistema Europe.

In announcing the Fellowships Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, Director of Music at Trinity Laban, said:

“Trinity Laban wishes to recognise and celebrate Chi-chi Nwanwoku’s pioneering contribution to music, in particular the inspiration she provides, the commitment she has shown, and the contribution she has made to addressing inequalities within classical music in the UK, most recently through the Chineke! Foundation, her organisation established to champion change and celebrate diversity within classical music.

We wish to recognise and celebrate the internationally significant contribution that Aaron Dworkin has made in advancing opportunity and transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. His commitment to addressing inequalities within classical music and championing opportunities for black and other minority ethnic groups is unparalleled, leading to global recognition.”

Aaron Dworkin was honoured in 2013 with a rare Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society in recognition of his service to music. He is Dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance and founder of The Sphinx Organisation, the leading US national arts organisation for transforming lives through the power of diversity and the arts.

Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE is one of the UK’s most sought after double bass players and an internationally celebrated educator. She is Founder and Artistic Director of the Chineke! Foundation, which seeks to address the imbalance of the representation of Black and Minority Ethnic musicians in British Orchestras.

Trinity Laban Honorary Fellowships are awarded each year to distinguished artists, practitioners, educators and professionals in the fields of the performing arts and education. Previous recipients have included dance artists Sir Matthew Bourne, Merce Cunningham and Emma Gladstone, musicians Sir Edward Downes, the Kronos Quartet and Ravi Shankar, and leaders in the arts such as Lord Hall, Darren Henley MBE and Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Photo L-R: Professor Anthony Bowne, Aaron Dworkin, Chi-chi Nwanwoku and Dr Claire Mera-Nelson (Credit: JK Photography)