Chi-Chi Nwanoku | February 2015
Chi-chi Nwanoku studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she received her Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRCM) teacher’s and her ARCM (Associate of the Royal College of Music) performer’s with Honors. She was awarded the Principal’s Prize and the Eugene Cruft Double Bass Prize after graduating, and later won win four scholarships, including The Royal Society of Arts, to further her studies with Franco Petracchi in Rome.
She has become one of England’s most sought after double bassists, and has developed a worldwide reputation as one of the finest musicians on her instrument today. Chi-chi's first professional position was as principal double bass with the London Mozart Players, and since then she has worked as principal and soloist with many of Europe’s prestigious chamber orchestras and ensembles. These include the Academy of St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, English Baroque Soloists, London Classical Players and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. She is Principal Double Bass with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (of which she is also a founder member) and Endymion Ensemble. She is professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and gives masterclasses at music institutions worldwide.