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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Upcoming Events

Violin Sonatas

Thursday, 29.01.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Programme includes works by Poulenc and Franck.

Oliver Knussen conducts Academy Manson Ensemble

Friday, 30.01.2015 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Oliver Knussen, recently appointed as the Academy’s Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music, launches his new relationship with Academy Manson Ensemble.

Viola Masterclass with Hartmut Rohde

Tuesday, 03.02.2015 14:00, Concert Room

Hartmut Rohde makes a welcome return to the Academy to inspire viola students.

Liszt and Lafont

Tuesday, 03.02.2015 17:00, Museum Piano Gallery

Exploring new aspects of the piano/string instrument relationship during the time of Franz Liszt.

Twentieth-Century Contrasts

Tuesday, 03.02.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Programme includes works by Bartók, Milhaud and Stravinsky.

Trevor Pinnock conducts Academy Chamber Orchestra

Friday, 06.02.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Academy Chamber Orchestra performs Schubert’s thrilling Ninth Symphony.

Ravel Chamber Works

Friday, 06.02.2015 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Programme includes Ravel's Piano Trio.

Guitar Chamber Music

Tuesday, 10.02.2015 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy guitarists collaborate with vocal and strings students to present a richly varied programme.

Mica Comberti Prize

Thursday, 12.02.2015 14:00, Henry Wood Room

Any complete work by JS Bach for solo violin or violin with continuo.

Sir Mark Elder conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 13.02.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Director of the Hallé Orchestra returns to conduct Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony alongside a new orchestration by Phillip Brookes of Butterworth’s Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad.

Strings Performance Prize Day

Sunday, 15.02.2015 11:00, Various venues around the Academy

The day will comprise three separate prizes, which will take place concurrently.

Violin Recital

Tuesday, 17.02.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Programme includes works by Schumann and Szymanowski.

Chamber Music

Thursday, 19.02.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Programme includes works by Debussy, Gaubert and Goossens.

The Barbirolli Lectures: Steven Isserlis in Conversation

Friday, 20.02.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The doyen of British cellists discusses his fascinating and wide-ranging career.

A Celebration of the Cello

Friday, 20.02.2015 19:30, Duke’s Hall

This concert celebrates the achievements of the Academy’s cello department.

Academy at Charlton House

Friday, 20.02.2015 13:00, Charlton House

Academy students perform

Violin Masterclass with Ning Feng

Wednesday, 25.02.2015 10:00, Recital Room

We welcome distinguished alumnus and internationally acclaimed virtuoso.

Maxim Vengerov Double Bass Masterclass

Wednesday, 25.02.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

All tickets allocated, returns only

Edward Gardner conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 27.02.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Edward Gardner, Sir Charles Mackerras Chair of Conducting returns to conduct Rachmaninov’s immense Second Symphony.

Strings Recital: The Calleva Collection

Friday, 27.02.2015 18:00, Duke’s Hall

An eclectic programme of solo and chamber repertoire for strings, featuring the guitar, violin, viola, cello and harp.

Academy at Colston Hall, Bristol

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 13:00, Colston Hall

Academy students perform

Mainly New: The Music of Luke Bedford

Wednesday, 04.03.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy alumnus Luke Bedford returns to present a concert of his chamber music.

Cello Masterclass with Steven Isserlis

Thursday, 05.03.2015 18:00, Duke’s Hall

One of the world’s most distinguished cellists.

Viola Masterclass: Atar Arad's Caprices

Friday, 06.03.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A performance demonstration by Atar Arad of his own virtuoso caprices, followed by a masterclass with Academy students.

Academy at Colston Hall, Bristol

Tuesday, 10.03.2015 13:00, Colston Hall

Academy students perform

East Meets West

Tuesday, 10.03.2015 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Students from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts present an exciting programme including performances on traditional Chinese instruments.

Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize

Wednesday, 11.03.2015 14:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Quartets by Beethoven and Schubert.

Academy at Charlton House

Friday, 13.03.2015 13:00, Charlton House

Academy students perform

Double Bass Masterclass with Joel Quarrington

Friday, 13.03.2015 14:00, Concert Room

Visiting Artist in Double Bass makes a welcome return to work with students on a range of repertoire.

The Barbirolli Lectures: Erich Gruenberg

Friday, 13.03.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

In celebration of his long and remarkable career as a soloist, orchestral leader and pedagogue.

Academy at Colston Hall, Bristol

Tuesday, 17.03.2015 13:00, Colston Hall

Academy students perform

Academy at St Martin-in-the-Fields

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

Academy students perform

Academy at The Castle, Wellingborough

Friday, 17.04.2015 12:30, The Castle

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.

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