Chi-chi Nwanoku

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Chi-chi Nwanoku
Origin UK

Chi-chi Nwanoku, born in London, is a double bass player, principal and co-founder of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and an academic teacher at the Royal Academy of Music.


She has worked as principal double bass of the ensemble Endymion, the London Mozart Players, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the English Baroque Soloists, the London Classical Players and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique.[1]


Chi-chi Nwanoku is of Nigerian and Irish descent and is the oldest of 5 children. She lives in London and has two children herself. In her youth, she spent some years in Imo State, Nigeria. At the age of 7 she began her education as a classical musician, first piano, at the age of eighteen bass. Chi-chi was as well undertaking training as a 100-metre sprinter but had to end her athletic career following a knee injury. 2001 she was awarded an MBE for services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday honours. Besides playing and teaching bass, she has been active as a broadcaster, as in BBC Radio 3 Requests and in BBC TV Proms and as a member of BBC’s Classical Star Jury. She is member of various Boards as Patron of Mayor’s Fund for Young Musicians, Music Preserved, the Cherubim Trust and BBCF.


  1. ^ "Chi-chi Nwanoku". Royal Academy of Music. Retrieved 17 August 2014.