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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

Do you want targeted help to make the leap from being a student to a fully established professional?
Do you have a particular career path in mind and need help preparing to negotiate it?
Do you have a professional niche you want to develop?
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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

Juan-Miguel Hernandez appointed as professor of viola


International artist of impressive range and quality joins Strings Department

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A week in China, accompanied by JS Bach

Upcoming Events

Myths, Fantasies and Fairy Tales free

Tuesday, 25.10.2016 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A programme of Myths, Fantasies and Fairy Tales

Cello Masterclass with Maria Kliegel free

Tuesday, 25.10.2016 14:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A Cello Masterclass with Maria Kliegel

Double Bass Masterclass with Rick Stotijn free

Thursday, 27.10.2016 14:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

With Rick Stotijn, Principal Double Bass of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Brahms Workshop free

Friday, 28.10.2016 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Professor of Cello Colin Carr gives insights on Brahms’s sonatas for strings and piano

Academy at Rook Lane Chapel

Sunday, 30.10.2016 16:45, Rook Lane Chapel

Join the Behn Quintet for a teatime concert at Rook Lane Chapel in Frome, Somerset

Academy at China Exchange free

Wednesday, 02.11.2016 18:00, China Exchange

Students perform Schumann's late works at the China Exchange

Brahms Workshop free

Thursday, 03.11.2016 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Levon Chilingirian gives guidance on Brahms’s sonatas for strings and piano to student duos

Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 04.11.2016 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Sold out - returns only. Russian music from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Material Matters: Gut free

Tuesday, 08.11.2016 18:00, Museum Piano Gallery

Instrument-maker George Stoppani will investigate gut strings, interpreting historical evidence from surviving instruments and parts, written sources and the visual arts

Academy String Orchestra free

Wednesday, 09.11.2016 19:00, Duke’s Hall

First-year string undergraduate students perform a varied programme of repertoire

Chausson’s Piano Quartet free

Thursday, 10.11.2016 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Chausson's Piano Quartet

Violin Masterclass with Tasmin Little free

Friday, 11.11.2016 14:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Visiting Professor of Violin

Violin and Piano free

Tuesday, 15.11.2016 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Nicolas Dupont violin Aleksandra Myslek piano Prokofiev Violin Sonata in D, op.94 Poulenc Violin Sonata Free, no tic...

Academy at China Exchange free

Wednesday, 16.11.2016 18:00, China Exchange

The Florizel Quartet perform Haydn and Smetana at the China Exchange

Cello Masterclass with Anssi Karttunen free

Friday, 18.11.2016 15:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Cello Masterclass with Anssi Karttunen

Anssi Karttunen in Conversation with Paul Morley free

Friday, 18.11.2016 11:00, Henry Wood Room

11.00am–12.30pm Since the early days of his career Anssi Karttunen’s passion for collaboration with composers has...

Oliver Knussen conducts Academy Manson Ensemble

Friday, 18.11.2016 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Magnus Lindberg in Residence

Music for the Moment free

Friday, 18.11.2016 15:00, St Marylebone Parish Church

People living with dementia are warmly welcomed, along with their friends, family and carers. Please join us before the concert at 2.30pm for tea, biscuits and a chat

Academy at St James’s Piccadilly free

Monday, 21.11.2016 13:10, St James's, Piccadilly

The Fitzroy Quartet perform with pianist Cristian Sandrin at St James’s Piccadilly

Material Matters: Tropical Wood free

Tuesday, 22.11.2016 18:00, Museum Piano Gallery

Bow-maker and restorer Luis Emilio Rodríguez Carrington explores the use of far-flung materials in creating musical instruments, bows and their accessories

Laurence Cummings directs Academy Baroque Orchestra free

Friday, 25.11.2016 19:00, Duke’s Hall

Laurence Cummings director Muffat Concerto Grosso no.5 in G from Armonico tributo Handel Concerto grosso in D, op.6 no.5, ...

Viola Masterclass with Máté Szucs free

Monday, 28.11.2016 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Principal Viola of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Tagus Quartet at the China Exchange free

Wednesday, 30.11.2016 18:00, China Exchange

The Tagus Quartet perform Haydn and Beethoven at the China Exchange

Wilfrid Parry Prize free

Wednesday, 30.11.2016 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Competitors peform their choice of a complete sonata by Brahms for strings and piano.

Sir Mark Elder conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 02.12.2016 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Sold out - returns only. Sir Mark Elder conducts Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony

Sheku and Junior Academy at Dorchester Abbey

Saturday, 04.03.2017 19:30, Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire

BBC Young Musician 2016 is soloist with Junior Academy Chamber Orchestra

Mahler's Symphony No.2 at Royal Festival Hall

Thursday, 22.06.2017 19:30, Royal Festival Hall

Semyon Bychkov conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

The Cello Makers with John Dilworth and Mats Lidström

Wednesday, 27.09.2017 18:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Mats Lidström reveals special qualities of the great cellos in the Academy’s collection

Staff Finder

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@RoyalAcadMusic • Oct 21
Watch #strings postgrad Luke Hsu in Wieniawski #Violin Competition final tonight, live from Poznan 7pm UK time
@RoyalAcadMusic • Oct 18
#Composition #alum @RoxannaPanufnik’s ‘Seasons’ w/ Visiting #Strings Prof @tasminlittle is Spotify New Releases pick
@RoyalAcadMusic • Oct 18
#Violin playing is difficult, but it should look easy to the audience’ – insights from #strings prof György Pauk……

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

Jo Cole