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Derek Aviss OBE

Professorial Staff - Cello


East Wing
Principal’s Office
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4391


Area of Work

Strings Department
Derek Aviss OBE


Former Executive Director of Trinity Laban and Former Principal of Trinity College of Music

Professor Derek Aviss was educated at Trinity College of Music and his teachers included Vivian Joseph, Benjamin Zander and William Pleeth.

Subsequently Derek Aviss became known as the ‘Cellist of the Ariosti Piano Trio and the Cantilena Soloists Ensemble.

Appointed as a teacher of ‘Cello at Trinity College of Music, at the age of 28, he went on to hold many senior posts at the College including: Head of the String Department, Head of Performance Studies, Deputy Principal and, after the merger with Laban, Principal of Trinity and Joint Principal of Trinity Laban.

After retiring from the Conservatoire as Executive Director in 2012, he was appointed Professor Emeritus of Higher Education.

In 2013 Derek Aviss was awarded the OBE for services to Higher and Music Education.