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Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE

Visiting Professor - Double Bass & Baroque Bass


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


Area of Work

Strings Department
Chi-chi Nwanoku


Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE was born in London of Nigerian and Irish parents. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and with Franco Petracchi in Rome. She is now Principal Bass with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and plays a lot of chamber music with various artists internationally. She is an Honorary Fellow of both Trinity Laban and the Royal Academy of Music. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2001 and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2017, both for services to music.

Qualifications/Educational Background

Royal Academy of Music

Creative Outputs


  • BBC Radio 3 series ‘Tuning Up’
  • Interviewed on ‘Woman’s Hour’ and ‘Kaleidoscope’
  • Featured soloist on BBC2 TV series ‘Strings, Bows and Bellows’
    and Channel 4’s ‘Shooting Stars’ in 1994/5