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
Regent Scholarship Scheme

Read Jo Cole’s Autumn 2015 newsletter (PDF)
 
Contact

Emily Good, Strings Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7395 / Email strings@ram.ac.uk

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

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Upcoming Events

Double Bass Masterclass

Friday, 12.02.2016 14:30, Henry Wood Room

Gunars Upatnieks returns to the Academy for a two-day teaching residency.

Viola Masterclass

Monday, 15.02.2016 09:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A Viola Masterclass with renowned performer, Lawrence Power.

Menahem Pressler Chamber Music Masterclass

Monday, 15.02.2016 17:30, Duke’s Hall

Chamber Music Masterclass with Menahem Pressler.

The Henry Wood Lectures: Burton on Menuhin

Monday, 15.02.2016 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Humphrey Burton joins Dr Raymond Holden to reflect on his encounters with Yehudi Menuhin.

From Cremona to London

Tuesday, 16.02.2016 12:30, Museum Strings Gallery

A Brief Journey through the History of the Violin.

The Leipzig Connection

Tuesday, 16.02.2016 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Jørgensen Trio perform repertoire composed by Schumann.

Composers’ Project: CHROMA

Tuesday, 16.02.2016 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Award-winning ensemble CHROMA return to the Academy.

The Leipzig Connection

Thursday, 18.02.2016 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy students perform repertoire from Mendelssohn and Sterndale Bennett.

Oliver Knussen in Residence II

Thursday, 18.02.2016 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Oliver Knussen conducts the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble.

Strings Performance Prizes

Sunday, 21.02.2016 11:00, Various venues around the Academy

Strings prizes take place concurrently for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.

Violin Masterclass: Masterpieces in Miniature

Tuesday, 23.02.2016 17:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Students explore Kreisler’s miniature gems under the guidance of Jack Liebeck.

Music for the Moment

Thursday, 25.02.2016 14:30, St Marylebone Parish Church

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

Accompanying Kreisler: Workshop and Presentation

Thursday, 25.02.2016 17:30, Duke’s Hall

A view from the piano keyboard on the essence of partnering violin salon music with Katya Apekisheva.

Sterndale Bennett, Mendelssohn and Piatti II

Friday, 26.02.2016 18:00, Museum Piano Gallery

Cellist Job ter Haar and pianist Dr Olivia Sham examines the interactions between William Sterndale Bennett, Mendelssohn and the cellist Alfredo Piatti.

The Leipzig Connection

Friday, 26.02.2016 19:30, Duke’s Hall

With the Doric Quartet, Teaching Quartet in Association at the Academy.

Kreisler Inspired

Friday, 26.02.2016 16:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Jack Liebeck guides students in exploring Kreisler’s deft re-imagining of other composers’ creations.

Violin Masterclass

Thursday, 03.03.2016 14:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Violin Masterclass with Maurice Hasson

Mica Comberti Prize

Friday, 04.03.2016 10:00, Henry Wood Room

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

Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists

Friday, 04.03.2016 13:05, Duke’s Hall

The Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists directed from the violin by Clio Gould.

Menuhin and his Composers

Friday, 04.03.2016 14:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved explores the work of Yehudi Menuhin with contemporary composers, using materials from the Foyle Menuhin Archive at the Academy.

400+: Lute and Guitar — The Spanish Tradition

Friday, 04.03.2016 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy guitarists present a fascinating programme tracing the influence of the Renaissance era on twentieth-century Spanish composers.

Chamber Music Masterclass

Saturday, 05.03.2016 13:05, Duke’s Hall

As part of Junior Academy’s Chamber Music Series, Susan Tomes and members of the Allegri String Quartet will wor...

The Henry Wood Lectures: Palmer on Menuhin

Monday, 07.03.2016 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The multi-award-winning film-maker and author Tony Palmer joins Dr Raymond Holden to discuss his thought-provoking...

Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize

Wednesday, 09.03.2016 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize: Debussy and Ravel.

Soundbox

Thursday, 10.03.2016 12:30, Museum Piano Gallery

Explore the historical and contemporary relationships between performers, composers, instruments and instrument-makers.

Harp Chamber Music

Thursday, 10.03.2016 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A concert of Harp Chamber Music.

Extended Techniques for Strings

Friday, 11.03.2016 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Garth Knox brings together composition and strings students in this workshop to explore sound-worlds and techniques.

Menuhin the Collaborator

Friday, 11.03.2016 14:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Peter Sheppard Skærved explores two very different collaborations by Yehudi Menuhin. His epochal recording o...

Contemporary Chamber Music

Tuesday, 15.03.2016 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Jørgensen Trio perform music by six composers

Academy at China Exchange

Wednesday, 16.03.2016 13:00, China Exchange

The Jørgensen Trio perform piano trios by Mozart, Shostakovich and Cecilia McDowall

Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, 19.03.2016 15:45, Duke’s Hall

Howard Williams conductor Stravinsky Petrushka Suite (1947) Concerto movements featuring Year 13 soloists. Free, no ticke...

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 pianists Jeremy Menuhin and Mookie Lee-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.

Lin Yao Ji - bringing Chinese talent to the world

Monday, 11.04.2016 18:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Lin Yao-Ji’s daughter, Lin Wei, discusses how her father survived being a musician and teacher during the havoc wreaked by the Cultural Revolution and working with Yehudi Menuhin and others who helped open the door between China and the West.

The Lark Insurance Junior Prizewinners’ 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

Young violinists from all over world.

Menuhin Competition London: Junior Semi-Finals

Tuesday, 12.04.2016 14:00, Duke’s Hall

Young violinists from all over world.

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: Senior Semi-Finals

Wednesday, 13.04.2016 14:00, Duke’s Hall

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

Tribute to Enescu

Wednesday, 13.04.2016 19:00, Duke’s Hall

A concert of violin and piano music composed by Brahms and Enescu.

Violin Masterclasses

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.

Temple Church Concert

Thursday, 14.04.2016 19:30, Temple Church

Featuring soloists Ning Feng and Kerson Leong with Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists directed by Thomas Gould

Rising Stars – Junior Finals

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

Violin Masterclasses

Friday, 15.04.2016 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

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

The Extraordinary Life of the Master Musician

Friday, 15.04.2016 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Humphrey Burton, long-time friend and collaborator of Menuhin, shares stories of Menuhin’s life.

Menuhin Competition Senior Finals

Saturday, 16.04.2016 19:30, Royal Festival Hall

Witness the culmination of the Menuhin Competition London 2016.

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