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

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Upcoming Events

Double Bass Masterclass

Friday, 06.05.2016 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

With Božo Paradžik, internationally renowned pedagogue, soloist and chamber musician

Academy String Orchestra

Tuesday, 10.05.2016 19:00, Duke’s Hall

Conducted by Head of Strings Jo Cole, with soloists Marta Kowalczyk and Andrey Lebedev

CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition

Wednesday, 11.05.2016 14:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Quartets from eight UK conservatoires compete for the Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition

Advanced Diploma Recital: Ugne Tiskute and Alexandra Vaduva

Thursday, 12.05.2016 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Programme to include works by Schubert, Brahms and Clarke.

Delius Prize: Final

Wednesday, 18.05.2016 18:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Piano, String and vocal duos all perform a twenty minute recital

Yehudi Menuhin: Journeys with a Violin — A Curator’s Tour

Wednesday, 18.05.2016 12:30, Museum ground floor

Join Museum Curator Joanna Tapp for this guided tour of our new exhibition on Menuhin’s life and music

Family Workshop: Menuhin’s Magical Musical Journeys

Saturday, 28.05.2016 10:00, Museum Piano Gallery

Family workshop exploring violinist Yehudi Menuhin.

Family Workshop: Menuhin’s Magical Musical Journeys

Saturday, 28.05.2016 11:30, Museum Piano Gallery

Family workshop exploring violinist Yehudi Menuhin

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

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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