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The Academy’s enviable reputation for training string players is firmly based on the stimulating educational and cultural experiences of our students, the distinction of our faculty and visiting professors, and — not least — the successful careers of many of our alumni throughout the profession.

Our string students benefit from a combination of strong artistic traditions with forward-thinking realism about today’s musical life. We aim to provide you with an imaginative springboard from which to launch your careers.

The Academy offers Principal Study in
• Violin
• Viola
• Cello
• Double Bass

For study on historical instruments, please see Historical Performance.

See also:
Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
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Emily Good, Strings Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7395 / Email

Professor Jo Cole

Head of Strings: Professor Jo Cole

Successful and versatile orchestral and chamber musician

Dedicated and experienced educator

Diverse career also includes outreach and consultancy work with big business

Studied at the Royal Academy of Music: Head of Strings since 2010

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Upcoming Events

Chamber Music Masterclass free

Monday, 23.01.2017 14:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Acclaimed ensemble Trio Owon give a masterclass

Violin Masterclass with Oliver Charlier free

Monday, 23.01.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Olivier Charlier, violinist of Trio Owon and professor of violin at the Paris Conservatoire gives a violin masterclass

Academy Manson Ensemble with London Sinfonietta

Wednesday, 01.02.2017 19:30, Royal Festival Hall

Sian Edwards conducts Thomas Adès' In Seven Days with the Academy Manson Ensemble and London Sinfonietta

English Heritage from the Twentieth Century free

Thursday, 02.02.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Hodgson Fellow Małgorzata Garstka presents a concert of twentieth-century English works

Tagus Quartet free

Tuesday, 07.02.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Ariel Lang and André Pereira violin Joseph Griffin viola Pedro da Silva cello Mozart String Quartet in D minor, ...

Instruments and Ideas: Aspects of the Bow free

Friday, 10.02.2017 14:30, Museum Piano Gallery

Peter Sheppard Skærved considers a variety of violin bows and how they work

Brahms Chamber Music with Maxim Vengerov

Friday, 10.02.2017 19:30, Duke’s Hall

World-renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov performs chamber works by Brahms with students from the Academy

Vocal Masterclass with Dennis O'Neill CBE free

Monday, 13.02.2017 17:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

International operatic tenor, Dennis O'Neill CBE, gives a vocal masterclass

Academy at Colston Hall

Tuesday, 14.02.2017 13:05, Colston Hall

Djumash Durasiliev and Ariel Lanyi perform Debussy’s Sonata in G minor for violin and piano

Material Matters: Pigments and Varnish free

Tuesday, 14.02.2017 16:30, Museum Piano Gallery

Sophie Plender, Senior Research Conservator at the National Portrait Gallery, explores violin varnishes

Academy Cello Ensemble free

Tuesday, 14.02.2017 19:00, Duke’s Hall

Josephine Knight and Felix Schmidt direct Academy Cello Ensemble

Mica Comberti Prize free

Friday, 17.02.2017 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Mica Comberti Prize for the performance of any complete work by JS Bach for violin, viola or viola da gamba

Chetham’s Chamber Orchestra

Friday, 17.02.2017 19:00, Duke’s Hall

Chetham's Chamber Orchestra perform Walton, Prokofiev and Korngold

Cello Masterclass free

Wednesday, 22.02.2017 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Steven Doane gives a cello masterclass

Trevor Pinnock conducts Academy Chamber Orchestra

Friday, 24.02.2017 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Trevor Pinnock conducts Haydn and Mozart

Strings Performance Prize Day free

Sunday, 26.02.2017 11:00, Various venues around the Academy

Four prizes for strings

Jane Cowan Remembered free

Sunday, 26.02.2017 14:00, Duke’s Hall

Steven Doane leads a musical tribute to the inspirational cello teacher Jane Cowan

Academy at Colston Hall

Tuesday, 28.02.2017 13:05, Colston Hall

The Halcyon Quartet perform Haydn at Colston Hall

Shostakovich Chamber Music free

Tuesday, 28.02.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Shostakovich Cello Sonata and Piano Trio

Fitzroy and Kirkman Quartets

Wednesday, 01.03.2017 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Fitzroy and Kirkman Quartets perform Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich

Soundbox free

Thursday, 02.03.2017 12:30, Museum Piano Gallery

Peter Sheppard Skærved explores the historical and contemporary relationships between performers, composers, instruments and instrument-makers

Harold Craxton Prize free

Friday, 03.03.2017 11:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Harold Craxton Prize for chamber ensembles with piano

Sheku and Junior Academy at Dorchester Abbey

Saturday, 04.03.2017 19:30, Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire

BBC Young Musician 2016 is soloist with Junior Academy Chamber Orchestra

Romances and Poems free

Tuesday, 07.03.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Romances and Poems by Shostakovich and Prokofiev

Guitar Chamber Music

Wednesday, 08.03.2017 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A varied programme of collaborations between guitarists, vocal and string students

A Russian Elegy free

Thursday, 09.03.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Rachmaninov and Schnittke

Russian Trios

Thursday, 09.03.2017 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Arensky, Glinka and Shostakovich trios

Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize free

Friday, 10.03.2017 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A prize open to all student string quartets at the Academy

Academy Baroque Orchestra free

Friday, 10.03.2017 19:00, Duke’s Hall

Academy Baroque Orchestra present a concert of Haydn

Violin and Piano free

Thursday, 16.03.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Works for violin and piano by Brahms and Clara Schumann

Double Bass Masterclass free

Thursday, 16.03.2017 14:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Joel Quarrington gives a double bass masterclass

Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize free

Thursday, 16.03.2017 17:00, Duke’s Hall

The Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize for historically informed performances of pre-1800 chamber music

Cello Masterclass free

Thursday, 16.03.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

To celebrate her appointment to the Academy cello faculty, Hannah Roberts gives a masterclass

Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists free

Friday, 17.03.2017 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Directed by Clio Gould, the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists present a recital of Grieg, Phi Bui and Shostakovich

Berio Folk Influences free

Friday, 17.03.2017 19:00, Duke’s Hall

A concert of music by Italian composer Luciano Berio

Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra free

Saturday, 18.03.2017 15:45, Duke’s Hall

Howard William's conducts Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra

Harp Chamber Music free

Thursday, 23.03.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Harp Department collaborates with string and woodwind students

Manuel López-Gómez conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 24.03.2017 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Venezuelan conductor Manuel López-Gómez conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Mahler's Symphony No.2 at Royal Festival Hall

Thursday, 22.06.2017 19:30, Royal Festival Hall

Semyon Bychkov conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

The Cello Makers with John Dilworth and Mats Lidström

Wednesday, 27.09.2017 18:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Mats Lidström reveals special qualities of the great cellos in the Academy’s collection

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@RoyalAcadMusic • Jan 18
First-year and prospective students are busy rehearsing Sibelius under the baton of our head of #strings, Jo Cole.
@RoyalAcadMusic • Jan 18
TODAY Viola player Garth Knox gives a #free masterclass 10am DJRH #strings
@RoyalAcadMusic • Jan 16
Congratulations to former student Jingzhuo Zhang, who has been appointed Principal Cello of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. #strings

‘Helping students to keep any and every door ajar is vital’

Jo Cole