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


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Auditions 2016


Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017


Trevor Pinnock conducts Academy Chamber Orchestra

24.02.2017 金曜日 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Trevor Pinnock conducts Haydn and Mozart

Strings Performance Prize Day free

26.02.2017 日曜日 11:00, Various venues around the Academy

Four prizes for strings

Jane Cowan Remembered

26.02.2017 日曜日 14:00, Duke’s Hall

Steven Doane leads a musical tribute to the inspirational cello teacher Jane Cowan

Academy at Colston Hall

28.02.2017 火曜日 13:05, Colston Hall

The Halcyon Quartet perform Haydn at Colston Hall

Shostakovich Chamber Music free

28.02.2017 火曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Shostakovich Cello Sonata and Piano Trio

Fitzroy and Kirkman Quartets

01.03.2017 水曜日 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Fitzroy and Kirkman Quartets perform Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich

Soundbox free

02.03.2017 木曜日 12:30, Museum Piano Gallery

Peter Sheppard Skærved explores the historical and contemporary relationships between performers, composers, instruments and instrument-makers

Harold Craxton Prize free

03.03.2017 金曜日 11:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Harold Craxton Prize for chamber ensembles with piano

Sheku and Junior Academy at Dorchester Abbey

04.03.2017 土曜日 19:30, Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire

BBC Young Musician 2016 is soloist with Junior Academy Chamber Orchestra

Romances and Poems free

07.03.2017 火曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Romances and Poems by Shostakovich and Prokofiev

Guitar Chamber Music

08.03.2017 水曜日 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A varied programme of collaborations between guitarists, vocal and string students

A Russian Elegy free

09.03.2017 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Rachmaninov and Schnittke

Russian Trios

09.03.2017 木曜日 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Arensky, Glinka and Shostakovich trios

Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize free

10.03.2017 金曜日 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A prize open to all student string quartets at the Academy

Academy Baroque Orchestra free

10.03.2017 金曜日 19:00, Duke’s Hall

Academy Baroque Orchestra present a concert of Haydn

Violin and Piano free

16.03.2017 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Works for violin and piano by Brahms and Clara Schumann

Double Bass Masterclass free

16.03.2017 木曜日 14:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Joel Quarrington gives a double bass masterclass

Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize free

16.03.2017 木曜日 17:00, Duke’s Hall

The Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize for historically informed performances of pre-1800 chamber music

Cello Masterclass free

16.03.2017 木曜日 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

To celebrate her appointment to the Academy cello faculty, Hannah Roberts gives a masterclass

Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists free

17.03.2017 金曜日 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Directed by Clio Gould, the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists present a recital of Grieg, Phi Bui and Shostakovich

Berio Folk Influences free

17.03.2017 金曜日 19:00, Duke’s Hall

A concert of music by Italian composer Luciano Berio

Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra free

18.03.2017 土曜日 15:45, Duke’s Hall

Howard William's conducts Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra

Harp Chamber Music free

23.03.2017 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Harp Department collaborates with string and woodwind students

Manuel López-Gómez conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

24.03.2017 金曜日 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Venezuelan conductor Manuel López-Gómez conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Academy at China Exchange free

29.03.2017 水曜日 18:00, China Exchange

Academy students perform Haydn and Mendelssohn piano trios

Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists free

08.05.2017 月曜日 19:30, Wigmore Hall

Directed by Clio Gould, the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists present music from Schubert and Tchaikovsky

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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Jo Cole