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.


Do you want targeted help to make the leap from being a student to a fully established professional?
Do you have a particular career path in mind and need help preparing to negotiate it?
Do you have a professional niche you want to develop?
Read more about our highly focused, one-of-a-kind Professional Diploma


See also

Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Regent Scholarship Scheme

Contact

Bex Herman Strings Administrator
Hayley Pullen Strings Administrator

Telephone 020 7873 7395 / Email strings@ram.ac.uk

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

Latest News

Academy Honours Announced

26.03.2018

We are pleased to announce the latest Honours awarded by the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London

Latest Blog

Auditions 2016

01.12.2016

Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017

Upcoming Events

Soundbox free

Thursday, 19.04.2018 12:30 - 14:00, Museum Strings Gallery

Soundbox is a series of events inspired by the Academy’s Museum and collections

Buffet Crampon Prize Winner’s Recital free

Friday, 20.04.2018 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A recital given by the winner of the 2017 Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize, Charlie Dale-Harris

Violin Masterclass with Pinchas Zukerman

Wednesday, 25.04.2018 10:30 - 12:30, Duke’s Hall

The Academy is delighted to present a violin masterclass with legendary and eminent artist and Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music Pinchas Zukerman

Advanced Diploma Recital: Karin Cuellar Rendon free

Thursday, 26.04.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Karin Cuellar Rendon performs violin works by Abril Tirado

Academy at St Martin-in-the-Fields free

Monday, 30.04.2018 13:00, St James's, Piccadilly

Academy students perform at St Martin in the Fields

Soundbox free

Thursday, 03.05.2018 12:30 - 14:00, Museum Strings Gallery

Soundbox is a series of events inspired by the Academy’s Museum and collections

Double Bass Masterclass with Božo Paradžik free

Thursday, 03.05.2018 18:30 - 21:30, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

The Academy welcomes back international virtuoso artist Božo Paradžik to work with students on major double bass repertoire

L’Amour Triomphe (Royal Academy of Music Baroque Soloists)

Sunday, 06.05.2018 19:30, Wigmore Hall

Rachel Podger directs the Royal Academy of Music Baroque Soloists in a banquet of amorous ballet music from the High Baroque and early Rococo

Haydn with the Doric String Quartet free

Friday, 11.05.2018 19:00, Duke’s Hall

Our Teaching Quartet illustrates how chamber music protocols inform Classical symphonic performance

Advanced Diploma Recital: Yi-Shing Cheng free

Tuesday, 15.05.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A diverse musical journey of works with piano, from Strauss, Debussy and Mendelssohn

Les goûts-réunis

Tuesday, 15.05.2018 13:05, St John's Smith Square

Part of the London Festival of Baroque Music 2018, this programme contrasts two generations of French composers with music from two masters of the period

Advanced Diploma Recital: Sooyeon Lee free

Thursday, 17.05.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

This concert explores the extraordinary diversity of cello repertoire that emerged from the 20th century in varying ensemble combinations.

From Cremona to London: Specialist Curator’s Tour free

Monday, 21.05.2018 12:30 - 13:30, Museum Strings Gallery

Barbara Meyer explores the secrets and wonders of the Academy’s stringed instrument collection

Soundbox free

Thursday, 31.05.2018 12:30 - 14:00, Museum Strings Gallery

Soundbox is a series of events inspired by the Academy’s Museum and collections

Chopin, Franchomme and the Cello Sonata free

Friday, 08.06.2018 18:30 - 20:00, Museum Piano Gallery

In this lecture-recital doctoral student Job ter Haar and Honorary Research Fellow Dr Olivia Sham explore Chopin's partnership of cello and piano

Violin Masterclass: Daniel Hope

Sunday, 10.06.2018 10:30 - 13:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Creative and versatile violinist, alumnus and valued Academy friend, Daniel Hope, gives a masterclass

Demons, Gods and Fairies: A Midsummer Celebration free

Thursday, 14.06.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Academy Baroque Ensemble performs a summer programme of French and English music

Chamber Music of La Guitaromanie free

Monday, 18.06.2018 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Students perform chamber music of La Guitaromanie

Cello Ensemble free

Tuesday, 19.06.2018 19:00, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

Join the cello ensemble on a journey from French choral music to thrilling film scores, beautifully transcribed for massed cellos.

Baroque Harp free

Tuesday, 19.06.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A programme of rich and esoteric music favoured by Charles I

Royal Academy of Music and Tokyo University of the Arts

Thursday, 21.06.2018 19:30, Duke’s Hall

A joint orchestra from both establishments will be performing in London, Oxford and Tokyo under esteemed conductor Trevor Pinnock, Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy Chamber Orchestra.

Behn Quartet free

Thursday, 21.06.2018 13:05, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellows the Behn Quartet perform Janáček’s Second String Quartet alongside a new piece by Manson Fellow Joseph Howard.

Violin Masterclass with Tasmin Little

Friday, 22.06.2018 14:30 - 17:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Much loved international violinist, inspirational teacher and Visiting Professor of Violin Tasmin Little gives a masterclass

Royal Academy of Music and Tokyo University of the Arts

Friday, 22.06.2018 19:30, Sheldonian Theatre

A joint orchestra from both establishments will be performing in London, Oxford and Tokyo under esteemed conductor Trevor Pinnock, Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy Chamber Orchestra.

Bukolika Piano Trio free

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 13:05 - 13:55, Duke’s Hall

The Bukolika Piano Trio perform Schubert Piano Trio in E flat

Voyage through Haydn’s Piano Trios free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 11:30 - 17:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

From Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and a Voyage through Haydn Trios, to chamber music and cutting-edge multimedia collaborations, dip in and out of as many free events as you like

Harp Department Showcase free

Friday, 29.06.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Harp students perform solos, duets and quartets

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