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

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Upcoming Events

Masterclass with Christoph Richter

Friday, 27.03.2015 10:00 - Friday, 27.02.2015 17:00, Various venues around the Academy

Event promoted by the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.

Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition

Friday, 27.03.2015 10:00 - 17:00, Various venues around the Academy

Event promoted by the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.

Academy at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Tuesday, 07.04.2015 13:00, St Martin-in-the-Fields

Academy students perform

Trevor Pinnock conducts Academy Soloists Ensemble

Tuesday, 14.04.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

The Royal Academy Soloists Ensemble performs works by Classical masters under the baton of the Academy’s Principal Guest Conductor, Trevor Pinnock.

Advanced Diploma Recital: Maciej Burdzy

Thursday, 16.04.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Programme to include works by Chausson, Beethoven and Lutosławski.

Academy at The Castle, Wellingborough

Friday, 17.04.2015 12:30, The Castle

Academy students perform

Theodore Holland Viola Prize

Monday, 20.04.2015 14:00, Henry Wood Room

Students perform a choice of Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro or Vaughan Williams’s Romance.

Viola Masterclass with Helen Callus

Tuesday, 21.04.2015 10:00, Concert Room

Helen Callus from the University of California, Santa Barbara, works with our advanced viola students.

Chamber Music

Tuesday, 21.04.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Programme to include works by Stravinsky, Webern and Beethoven.

Advanced Diploma Recital: Marisol Lee

Tuesday, 21.04.2015 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Advanced Diploma violinist Marisol Lee performs a varied programme for her final recital.

David Martin/Florence Hooton Concerto Prize

Wednesday, 22.04.2015 14:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy violinists perform their own choice of repertoire.

Advanced Diploma Recital: Alberto Casadei

Thursday, 23.04.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Programme to include works by Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Cassadó and Chopin.

Composers’ Project: Artesian String Quartet

Friday, 24.04.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A concert of new string quartets from student composers who have been working closely with the Artesian Quartet.

London Cello Society: Cello Day 2015

Sunday, 26.04.2015 10:15, Various venues around the Academy

Event presented by London Cello Society

String Quartet Masterclass

Monday, 27.04.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The New York-based Escher Quartet make a welcome stop during their European tour to work with Academy string quartets.

Semyon Bychkov conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 01.05.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Our Klemperer Chair of Conducting conducts the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Manfred’ Symphony.

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.

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.

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

Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic and Guest Conductor of Honour at the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, returns to the Academy to conduct a colourful programme of French Romantic music.

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.

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.

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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