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


London Cello Society: Bella Vivaldi

25.02.2018 日曜日 11:00, Duke’s Hall

With cellist Roel Dieltiens and his Ensemble Explorations, Bella Vivaldi, an exploration of Vivaldi’s music for the cello, reveals a fresh and unusual approach

Strings Performance Prize Day free

25.02.2018 日曜日 11:00, Various venues around the Academy

The day comprises three separate prizes, which will take place concurrently

Soundbox free

01.03.2018 木曜日 12:30 - 14:00, Museum Strings Gallery

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

Sir Mark Elder conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra (sold out)

02.03.2018 金曜日 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Sir Mark Elder returns to conduct Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony

Listening to Recordings: The Kolisch Quartet and the Second Viennese School free

02.03.2018 金曜日 14:30 - 16:00, Museum Piano Gallery

Professor Neil Heyde, in conversation with Daniel-Ben Pienaar, examines the remarkable recorded legacy of the Kolisch Quartet

Nobility, Nostalgia and Innovation

06.03.2018 火曜日 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A selection from Parry’s Short Pieces for violin and piano and Elgar’s Piano Quintet frame Bridge’s Second Piano Trio

String Quartets free

08.03.2018 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Tickets: Free, no tickets required Edmund Finnis Realisation for string quartet Maxwell Davies Naxos Quartet No 10 Tippett ...

Harold Craxton Prize free

09.03.2018 金曜日 10:00, New Recital Hall

A prize for chamber ensembles with piano

Violin Masterclass with Pavel Vernikov free

12.03.2018 月曜日 14:00 - 17:00, New Recital Hall

Violin masterclass with Pavel Vernikov

Composers’ Project: Violin and Piano free

12.03.2018 月曜日 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Michael Foyle and Huw Watkins give a recital of six new pieces for violin and piano

Academy Song Exchange free

14.03.2018 水曜日 13:05, New Recital Hall

Singers and instrumentalists from the Academy and the Hochschule für Musik

Academy Song Exchange free

15.03.2018 木曜日 13:05, New Recital Hall

Singers and instrumentalists from the Academy and the Hochschule für Musik

Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize free

16.03.2018 金曜日 10:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A prize open to all student string quartets at the Academy

Oliver Knussen conducts Academy Manson Ensemble

16.03.2018 金曜日 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Tickets: £10 (concessions £8) from the Academy’s Box Office Oliver Knussen conductor Cage Five Wolpe Ch...

Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra free

17.03.2018 土曜日 15:45, St Mary Magdalene

Tickets: Free, no tickets required  Thomas Blunt conductor

Academy at Colston Hall

27.03.2018 火曜日 13:05, Colston Hall

The Florizel Quartet performs Mozart and Prokofiev

Academy at St Martin-in-the-Fields free

30.04.2018 月曜日 13:00, St James's, Piccadilly

Academy students perform at St Martin in the Fields


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