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

RPS supports alumni studies in Germany

27.07.2015

Scholarships for violin alumna Kristine Balanas and trumpet alumna Imogen Hancock

Latest Blog

Maurice Hasson

14.04.2015

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

Upcoming Events

Academy at Leatherhead Church

Thursday, 10.09.2015 12:30, Leatherhead Church

Academy students perform

Strings Open Day

Wednesday, 23.09.2015 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A day in the life of the Strings Department, hosted by Jo Cole, Head of Strings.

Academy at Leatherhead Church

Thursday, 24.09.2015 12:30, Leatherhead Church

Academy students perform

Maxim Vengerov Strings Masterclass

Monday, 28.09.2015 17:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

This is the first event in our expanded series of violin-focused events marking the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth.

The Principal’s Interview with Maxim Vengerov

Wednesday, 30.09.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Barbirolli Lectures: Maxim Vengerov, the Academy’s Menuhin Professor, in discussion with Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood.

Viola Masterclass with Hartmut Rohde

Thursday, 01.10.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Renowned violist and pedagogue Hartmut Rohde makes a welcome return to the Academy.

Academy at Regent Hall

Friday, 02.10.2015 13:00, Regent Hall

Academy students perform

Late Brahms

Tuesday, 06.10.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A programme of chamber music dedicated to Brahms.

Cello and Piano

Thursday, 08.10.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Programme includes works by Stravinsky, Schumann and Beethoven.

Academy at Charlton House

Friday, 09.10.2015 13:00, Charlton House

Academy students perform

The Physics of Time

Friday, 09.10.2015 20:00, Duke’s Hall

Eminent physicist and broadcaster Professor Brian Cox talks about the spellbinding physics of time.

Alwyn and Bax

Tuesday, 13.10.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

chamber music fellows the Aurora Trio join forces with violinist Antonia Kesel.

Cello Masterclass with Daniel Müller-Schott

Tuesday, 13.10.2015 14:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Academy is delighted to welcome distinguished cellist Daniel Müller-Schott.

Academy at Colston Hall, Bristol

Tuesday, 13.10.2015 13:05, Colston Hall

Academy students perform

Piano Trios

Thursday, 15.10.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellows for 2015/16 perform piano trios from the late-twentieth and early-nineteenth centuries.

Edward Gardner conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 16.10.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Edward Gardner, Sir Charles Mackerras Chair of Conducting, returns to the Academy for a performance of Elgar’s Second Symphony.

Robin Ticciati conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 23.10.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Robin Ticciati, Sir Colin Davis Fellow of Conducting, Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival and Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The Barbirolli Lectures: An Evening with György Pauk

Friday, 23.10.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Renowned violinist and pedagogue György Pauk reflects with Dr Raymond Holden on his long and varied life in music.

Academy at Leatherhead Church

Thursday, 29.10.2015 12:30, Leatherhead Church

Academy students perform

Violin and Piano

Thursday, 29.10.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Kowalczyk-Kim Duo play Brahms and Beethoven.

Academy String Orchestra

Wednesday, 04.11.2015 19:00, Duke’s Hall

A varied programme including Vaughan Williams’s Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus.

Viola Ensemble

Thursday, 05.11.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy professor Paul Silverthorne presents a concert of varied music for viola ensemble.

400+: Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists

Friday, 06.11.2015 19:00, Duke’s Hall

The Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists are the Academy’s elite string ensemble, directed from the violin by Clio Gould.

Bartók and Haydn I

Tuesday, 10.11.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

String quartets by Bartók and Haydn.

Strings Masterclass with Levon Chilingirian

Tuesday, 10.11.2015 14:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

We are delighted that the Academy’s Chamber Musician in Residence, Levon Chilingirian.

Academy at Colston Hall, Bristol

Tuesday, 10.11.2015 13:05, Colston Hall

Academy students perform

Trevor Pinnock conducts the Academy Chamber Orchestra

Friday, 13.11.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

The Academy’s Principal Guest Conductor, Trevor Pinnock, conducts Haydn’s Symphony no.47 as part of our project to perform all of the composer’s symphonies.

Bartók and Haydn II

Tuesday, 17.11.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Artesian Quartet perform their final concert at the Academy as Chamber Music Fellows for 2014/15.

Academy at Colston Hall, Bristol

Tuesday, 17.11.2015 13:05, Colston Hall

Academy students perform

String Quartet Masterclass

Wednesday, 18.11.2015 15:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy cello professor Robert Cohen brings his colleagues from the distinguished Fine Arts Quartet.

Academy at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Friday, 20.11.2015 13:00, St Martin-in-the-Fields

Academy students perform

Wilfrid Parry Prize

Sunday, 22.11.2015 10:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Students perform any complete Brahms sonata for strings and piano for this esteemed prize.

Academy at Woking Concert Society

Sunday, 22.11.2015 19:30, Kemp Room

Academy students perform.

Vieuxtemps for Viola

Tuesday, 24.11.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

With Timothy Ridout, viola and Ke Ma, piano

Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 27.11.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic returns to the Academy to conduct a twentieth-century programme of music by Britten and Scriabin.

Chi Mei Ricercari: The Inner Life of the Cello

Friday, 27.11.2015 14:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A performance of Michael Finnissy’s Chi Mei Ricercari (2013) on seven different cellos from the Academy’s collection.

Academy Manson Ensemble with London Sinfonietta

Saturday, 05.12.2015 19:30, Royal Festival Hall

Music by two celebrated modernists: Stockhausen and Boulez.

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.

Menuhin Competition London: First Competition Rounds

Friday, 08.04.2016 10:00, Duke’s Hall

Join the all-star jury panel in their search for the next generation of great artists.

Menuhin Competition London: First Competition Rounds

Saturday, 09.04.2016 10:00, Duke’s Hall

Join the all-star jury panel in their search for the next generation of great artists.

Homage to Yehudi Menuhin – Recital for violin and piano

Saturday, 09.04.2016 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Violinist Dong-Suk Kang and pianist Jeremy Menuhin perform some of Yehudi Menuhin’s favourite works for violin and piano.

Menuhin Competition London: First Competition Rounds

Sunday, 10.04.2016 10:00, Duke’s Hall

Join the all-star jury panel in their search for the next generation of great artists.

Former Junior First Prize Winners' Concert

Monday, 11.04.2016 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Enjoy an evening of exceptional playing with two former Junior First Prize Winners.

Menuhin Competition London: First Competition Rounds

Monday, 11.04.2016 10:00, Duke’s Hall

Join the all-star jury panel in their search for the next generation of great artists.

Menuhin Competition London: Junior Semi-Finals

Tuesday, 12.04.2016 10:00, Duke’s Hall

This round will focus on a range of beautiful chamber music pieces.

Menuhin Competition London: Senior Semi-Finals

Wednesday, 13.04.2016 10:00, Duke’s Hall

This round is dedicated to Yehudi Menuhin and works intimately connected with him.

Menuhin Competition London: A Day of Open Masterclasses with the Jury

Thursday, 14.04.2016 10:00, Various venues around the Academy

Witness internationally acclaimed soloists guide the next generation of outstanding musicians – each leading a two-hour open masterclass.

Violin & Choir at Temple Church

Thursday, 14.04.2016 19:30, Temple Church

The concert features the first collaboration and a world premiere of a new work for violin, choir and string orchestra.

Rising Stars – Junior Finals Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra

Friday, 15.04.2016 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Five of the world’s best young violinists under the age of 16 compete for one of the coveted awards

Menuhin Competition London: Rising Stars – The Senior Finals

Saturday, 16.04.2016 19:30, Royal Festival Hall

Witness the culmination of the Menuhin Competition London 2016.

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