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

Latest News

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Maurice Hasson

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A hugely distinguished and esteemed professor of violin retires, aged 80

Upcoming Events

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

All tickets allocated, returns only.

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.

Academy at Leatherhead Church

Thursday, 25.06.2015 12:30, Leatherhead Church

Academy students perform

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.

Academy at Ribchester Festival

Friday, 26.06.2015 19:30, St Wilfrids Church

Academy students perform

Academy at Leatherhead Church

Thursday, 13.08.2015 12:30, Leatherhead Church

Academy students perform

Academy at Leatherhead Church

Thursday, 10.09.2015 12:30, Leatherhead Church

Academy students perform

Academy at Leatherhead Church

Thursday, 24.09.2015 12:30, Leatherhead Church

Academy students perform

Academy at Leatherhead Church

Thursday, 29.10.2015 12:30, Leatherhead Church

Academy students perform

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.

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 pianist Jeremy 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.

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

This round will focus on a range of beautiful chamber music pieces.

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: A Day of Open Masterclasses with the Jury

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.

Violin & Choir at Temple Church

Thursday, 14.04.2016 19:30, Temple Church

The concert features the first collaboration and a world premiere of a new work for violin, choir and string orchestra.

Rising Stars – Junior Finals Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra

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

Menuhin Competition London: Rising Stars – The Senior Finals

Saturday, 16.04.2016 19:30, Royal Festival Hall

Witness the culmination of the Menuhin Competition London 2016.

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