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


Emily Good, Strings Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7395 / Email

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


Violinist James Ehnes joins Academy roster


Canadian violinist James Ehnes is to join the roster of the Royal Academy of Music as Visiting Professor of Violin. Ehnes is one...


Auditions 2016


Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017


Academy at China Exchange free

29.03.2017 水曜日 18:00, China Exchange

Academy students perform Haydn and Mendelssohn piano trios

Levon Chilingirian at Home free

28.04.2017 金曜日 19:00, Duke’s Hall

Our Chamber Musician in Residence, Levon Chilingirian, curates an evening of eclectic ensemble works

Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists

08.05.2017 月曜日 19:30, Wigmore Hall

Mahler's Symphony No.2 at Royal Festival Hall

22.06.2017 木曜日 19:30, Royal Festival Hall

Semyon Bychkov conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

The Cello Makers with John Dilworth and Mats Lidström

27.09.2017 水曜日 18:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

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


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@RoyalAcadMusic • 3月 17
TONIGHT A concert of music by Berio for #woodwind, #strings, #harp & #percussion with @HannahE_Mezzo. 7.00pm #free
@RoyalAcadMusic • 3月 16
TODAY Double Bass #Masterclass with Visiting Artist, Joel Quarrington. 2.30–5.30pm DJRH @quarrin #strings…
@RoyalAcadMusic • 3月 16
TODAY Violin & #piano works by Brahms & Clara Schumann with Kilian van Rooij & @stanzi. 1.05pm DJRH #free #strings

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

Jo Cole