Strings

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

 
Contact

Emily Good, Strings Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7395 / Email [email protected]

Jo Cole

Head of Strings: 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

Menuhin Competition 2016 opens for entries

22.04.2015

The Menuhin Competition London 2016 opens for entries today, on what would have been Lord Menuhin’s 99th birthday.

Latest Blog

Maurice Hasson

14.04.2015

A hugely distinguished and esteemed professor of violin retires, aged 80

Upcoming Events

Semyon Bychkov conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 01.05.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

All tickets allocated, returns only.

Isaacs and Pirani Piano Trio Prize

Tuesday, 05.05.2015 13:00, Concert Room

Students perform a substantial piano trio work of their own choice.

CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition

Wednesday, 06.05.2015 14:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Eight UK conservatoires have been invited to nominate a student piano trio to take part in this intercollegiate prize hosted by the Academy.

Academy String Orchestra

Wednesday, 06.05.2015 18:00, Duke’s Hall

Head of Strings, Jo Cole, conducts Academy String Orchestra.

Violin Masterclass with Shmuel Ashkenasi

Thursday, 07.05.2015 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A special opportunity for our advanced violin students to work with Shmuel Ashkenasi.

Remembering War

Monday, 11.05.2015 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Meaker Fellow Abi Hyde-Smith presents a programme of music recognising one hundred years since the First World War and seventy-five years since the Second World War.

String Quartets

Tuesday, 12.05.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Students selected for the Davey-Poznanski Quartet Scheme perform Haydn and Beethoven.

Academy at Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Tuesday, 12.05.2015 19:30, Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Artesian Quartet perform quartets by Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven.

Delius Prize

Wednesday, 13.05.2015 18:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Students will perform a twenty-minute recital of their own choice of music by Delius and his contemporaries.

Shostakovich Piano Trios

Thursday, 14.05.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Shotakovich Piano Trio no.1, op.8 and no.2, op.67.

String Masterclass with Sylvia Rosenberg

Thursday, 14.05.2015 18:00, Concert Room

A class embracing both solo and chamber music genres.

Academy at Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Friday, 15.05.2015 13:00, Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The Aurora Trio perform works by Bax, Ravel, Takemitsu and Debussy.

From Cremona to London

Monday, 18.05.2015 12:30, Museum Strings Gallery

Specialist guided tour exploring the secrets and wonders of the Academy’s stringed instrument collection.

Piano Trios

Tuesday, 09.06.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Programme includes Piano Trios by Bloch and Schubert.

Spring Sonatas

Thursday, 11.06.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Programme includes works by Beethoven and Marx.

Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 12.06.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

All tickets allocated, returns only.

Maxim Vengerov Strings Masterclass

Tuesday, 16.06.2015 10:00, Duke’s Hall

Menuhin Professor of Music and pre-eminent violinist Maxim Vengerov works with Academy string students.

Memories and Tales

Tuesday, 16.06.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Programme includes works by Nigel Westlake, Robert Davidson and Sculthorpe.

A Pierre Dream: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez

Wednesday, 17.06.2015 19:30, Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Pierre Boulez turns ninety this year, and this is both an innovative retrospective and a multi-faceted introduction to one of the giant figures in contemporary music.

Violin Masterclass with György Pauk

Thursday, 18.06.2015 14:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Highly distinguished Ede Zathureczky Professor of Violin works with violinists from other Academy teaching studios.

Improvisations sur Mallarmé

Friday, 19.06.2015 15:00, Britten Studio

Celebrating Pierre Boulez turning ninety.

Cello Masterclass with Steven Doane

Friday, 19.06.2015 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Visiting Professor Steven Doane, from Eastman School of Music, brings his inspiring teaching to cello students.

Viola Masterclass with Garth Knox

Monday, 22.06.2015 18:00, Concert Room

The conclusion of our explorations of Ligeti’s Sonata for solo viola.

Academy at Leatherhead Church

Thursday, 25.06.2015 12:30, Leatherhead Church

Academy students perform

Dohnányi Workshop

Thursday, 25.06.2015 14:00, Duke’s Hall

The renowned maestro leads a workshop with the Academy Chamber Ensemble, who play Janácek’s Capriccio, featuring Florian Mitrea as soloist.

Trio Americana

Friday, 26.06.2015 16:45, Duke’s Hall

Piano trios by Bernstein, Copland and Ives.

Academy at Ribchester Festival

Friday, 26.06.2015 19:30, St Wilfrids Church

Academy students perform

Academy at Leatherhead Church

Thursday, 13.08.2015 12:30, Leatherhead Church

Academy students perform

Academy at Leatherhead Church

Thursday, 10.09.2015 12:30, Leatherhead Church

Academy students perform

Academy at Leatherhead Church

Thursday, 24.09.2015 12:30, Leatherhead Church

Academy students perform

Academy at Leatherhead Church

Thursday, 29.10.2015 12:30, Leatherhead Church

Academy students perform

Yehudi Menuhin

Monday, 04.01.2016 - Wednesday, 30.11.2016, Museum ground floor

An exhibition on the life and works of this world-renowned violinist.

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