Strings

Find out about the exciting events in store for string students in the coming term, both at the Academy and around London, in Jo Cole’s new Kick-off Calendar.

 
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
 
 


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Contact

Bex Herman Strings Administrator

Hayley Pullen Strings Administrator

Telephone 020 7873 7395 / Email strings@ram.ac.uk

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

Latest News

Spring 2018 Booking Now Open

12.12.2017

We are delighted to announce our spring season of concerts, masterclasses and events at the Royal Academy of Music

Latest Blog

Auditions 2016

01.12.2016

Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017

Upcoming Events

Oliver Knussen conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 26.01.2018 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Oliver Knussen, the Academy’s Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music, conducts Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival Overture alongside three works by fellow Russian Stravinsky

Mica Comberti Prize free

Wednesday, 31.01.2018 10:00, Henry Wood Room

A prize for the performance of any complete work by JS Bach for violin, viola or viola da gamba

Cello Masterclass with Mischa Maisky

Monday, 05.02.2018 18:00 - 21:00, Duke’s Hall

Cello masterclass with Mischa Maisky

Talisman Trio free

Tuesday, 06.02.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Talisman Trio perform Mozart and Brahms in this free lunchtime concert

Freshers’ Cello Ensemble free

Wednesday, 07.02.2018 13:05, St James's, Piccadilly

First-year undergraduate cellists go on a journey through the soundworld of massed cellos

Lorenza Borrani directs Haydn free

Friday, 09.02.2018 18:00, Theatre

Lorenza Borrani and the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists present the results of their workshop on Haydn’s Symphony No 83

Tritium Trio free

Thursday, 15.02.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Tritium Trio perform free lunchtime recital

Soundbox free

Thursday, 15.02.2018 12:30 - 14:00, Museum Strings Gallery

Soundbox is a series of events inspired by the Academy’s Museum and collections

Double Bass Masterclass free

Thursday, 15.02.2018 18:00 - 21:00, Henry Wood Room

Double bass masterclass with Alexandra Scott

Accordion Chamber Music: The Emperor’s Nightingale

Thursday, 15.02.2018 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

An evening of chamber music by Dvořák, Mozart, Efrem Podgaits and Václav Trojan

Jac van Steen conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 16.02.2018 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Jac van Steen returns to the Academy for an all-Sibelius programme

Violin Masterclass with Philippe Graffin

Friday, 16.02.2018 14:30 - 17:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Violin masterclass with Philippe Graffin

Double Bass Prize free

Friday, 16.02.2018 18:00, Henry Wood Room

Competitors present a programme of their own choice for double bass

Cello Masterclass with Steven Isserlis

Friday, 16.02.2018 18:30 - 21:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Cello masterclass with Steven Isserlis

David Martin/ Florence Hooton Cello Concerto Prize free

Monday, 19.02.2018 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy cellists perform their own choice of repertoire

From Cremona to London: Specialist Curator’s Tour free

Monday, 19.02.2018 12:30 - 13:30, Museum Strings Gallery

Barbara Meyer explores the secrets and wonders of the Academy’s stringed instrument collection

Composers’ Project: CHROMA free

Thursday, 22.02.2018 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Award-winning ensemble CHROMA return for a concert of new works by Academy postgraduate composers

London Cello Society: Bella Vivaldi

Sunday, 25.02.2018 11:00, Duke’s Hall

With cellist Roel Dieltiens and his Ensemble Explorations, Bella Vivaldi, an exploration of Vivaldi’s music for the cello, reveals a fresh and unusual approach

Strings Performance Prize Day free

Sunday, 25.02.2018 11:00, Various venues around the Academy

The day comprises three separate prizes, which will take place concurrently

Soundbox free

Thursday, 01.03.2018 12:30 - 14:00, Museum Strings Gallery

Soundbox is a series of events inspired by the Academy’s Museum and collections

Sir Mark Elder conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 02.03.2018 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Sir Mark Elder returns to conduct Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony

Listening to Recordings: The Kolisch Quartet and the Second Viennese School free

Friday, 02.03.2018 14:30 - 16:00, Museum Piano Gallery

Professor Neil Heyde, in conversation with Daniel-Ben Pienaar, examines the remarkable recorded legacy of the Kolisch Quartet

Nobility, Nostalgia and Innovation

Tuesday, 06.03.2018 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A selection from Parry’s Short Pieces for violin and piano and Elgar’s Piano Quintet frame Bridge’s Second Piano Trio

String Quartets free

Thursday, 08.03.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Tickets: Free, no tickets required Edmund Finnis Realisation for string quartet Maxwell Davies Naxos Quartet No 10 Tippett ...

Harold Craxton Prize free

Friday, 09.03.2018 10:00, Theatre

A prize for chamber ensembles with piano

Violin Masterclass free

Monday, 12.03.2018 14:00 - 17:00, Theatre

Violin masterclass with Pavel Vernikov

Composers’ Project: Violin and Piano free

Monday, 12.03.2018 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Michael Foyle and Huw Watkins give a recital of six new pieces for violin and piano

Academy Song Exchange free

Wednesday, 14.03.2018 13:05, Theatre

Singers and instrumentalists from the Academy and the Hochschule für Musik

Academy Song Exchange free

Thursday, 15.03.2018 13:05, Theatre

Singers and instrumentalists from the Academy and the Hochschule für Musik

Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize free

Friday, 16.03.2018 10:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A prize open to all student string quartets at the Academy

Oliver Knussen conducts Academy Manson Ensemble

Friday, 16.03.2018 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Tickets: £10 (concessions £8) from the Academy’s Box Office Oliver Knussen conductor Cage Five Wolpe Ch...

Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra free

Saturday, 17.03.2018 15:45, St Mary Magdalene

Tickets: Free, no tickets required  Thomas Blunt conductor

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