Professor Derek W. Aviss OBE was born in South London and developed his musical interests as a choirister in a local church choir. When his voice broke he looked for an alternative voice and took up the ‘Cello. Four years of study at Trinity College of Music launched him on a career as a performer and, very quickly, he also discovered the joys of being involved with music education. After six years away from Trinity, his old College invited him back to teach the ‘Cello as an occasional teacher. 37 years later Derek retired from Trinity (now Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) as it’s Executive Director, previously having been joint Principal of Trinity Laban and Principal of Trinity College of Music.
A life long passion in music education has led Derek to his present portfolio of responsibilities where, in addition to several ongoing consultancies, he is involved with many musical charities as a non-executive director and patron. He was particularly pleased to have been asked to a patron of AYM, as it gives him the opportunity to help talented young musicians to achieve a similar start in life to the one he was fortunate to have provided for him through funding from the State.
Derek Aviss was awarded an OBE for services to Higher and Music Education in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.