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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
Regent Scholarship Scheme

Do you want targeted help to make the leap from being a student to a fully established professional?
Do you have a particular career path in mind and need help preparing to negotiate it?
Do you have a professional niche you want to develop?
Read more about our highly focused, one-of-a-kind Professional Diploma


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

Advanced Diploma Recital: Kitbi Lee free

Thursday, 29.06.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Kitbi Lee violin Daniel King-Smith piano Fauré Romance, op.28 Ysaÿe Violin Sonata in D minor, op.27 no...

Violin Masterclass with Tasmin Little

Friday, 30.06.2017 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Highly esteemed Visiting Professor of Violin Tasmin Little with Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music

Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra free

Saturday, 01.07.2017 15:45, Duke’s Hall

Gergely Madaras conducts the Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra

Music for the Moment free

Friday, 07.07.2017 15:00, Wigmore Hall

People living with dementia are warmly welcomed, along with their friends, family and carers.

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

Jo Cole