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

Read Jo Cole’s Autumn 2015 newsletter (PDF)

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

Latest News

Royal Academy of Music strengthens still further its exceptional Strings and Vocal staff


Appointments are announced of Hannah Roberts, Ben Hughes, Mark Wilde and John Ramster

Latest Blog

Getting Everyone Playing


Working with Marin Alsop in BBC Music’s ‘Get Playing’

Upcoming Events

Talent and Imagination: Music from the Bach Family

Thursday, 16.06.2016 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Music by JS Bach and his family

Violin Masterclass: Daniel Hope

Monday, 20.06.2016 14:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

With Daniel Hope, Visiting Professor

Viola Rediscovered

Thursday, 23.06.2016 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Victoria Bernath performs with Bernat Català Rams

Maxim Vengerov Violin Masterclass

Monday, 04.07.2016 17:00, Duke’s Hall

With Maxim Vengerov, the Academy’s Menuhin Professor of Music

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

Jo Cole