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


Spring 2018 Booking Now Open


We are delighted to announce our spring season of concerts, masterclasses and events at the Royal Academy of Music


Auditions 2016


Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017


Oliver Knussen conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra

26.01.2018 金曜日 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Oliver Knussen, the Academy’s Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music, conducts Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival Overture alongside three works by fellow Russian Stravinsky

Mica Comberti Prize free

31.01.2018 水曜日 10:00, Henry Wood Room

A prize for the performance of any complete work by JS Bach for violin, viola or viola da gamba

Cello Masterclass with Mischa Maisky

05.02.2018 月曜日 18:00 - 21:00, Duke’s Hall

Cello masterclass with Mischa Maisky

Talisman Trio free

06.02.2018 火曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Talisman Trio perform Mozart and Brahms in this free lunchtime concert

Academy at Colston Hall

06.02.2018 火曜日 13:05, Colston Hall

The Lantern, Colston Hall James Gilbert clarinet Miguel Sobrinho viola Alim Beisembayev piano Mozart Trio in Eb Major K....

Freshers’ Cello Ensemble free

07.02.2018 水曜日 13:05, St James's, Piccadilly

First-year undergraduate cellists go on a journey through the soundworld of massed cellos

Lorenza Borrani directs Haydn free

09.02.2018 金曜日 18:00, Theatre

Lorenza Borrani and the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists present the results of their workshop on Haydn’s Symphony No 83

Academy at Colston Hall

13.02.2018 火曜日 13:05, Colston Hall

The Lantern, Colston Hall Sooyeon Lee cello Victor Dohan Lim piano Debussy Sonata for cello and piano in D minor Rachman...

Academy at Colston Hall

13.02.2018 火曜日 13:05, Colston Hall

The Lantern, Colston Hall Daichi Yoshimura viola Gabriele Bekeryte piano J.S. Bach Cello Suite no.3 in C major BWV 1009 (...

Tritium Trio free

15.02.2018 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Tritium Trio perform free lunchtime recital

Soundbox free

15.02.2018 木曜日 12:30 - 14:00, Museum Strings Gallery

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

Double Bass Masterclass free

15.02.2018 木曜日 18:00 - 21:00, Henry Wood Room

Double bass masterclass with Alexandra Scott

Accordion Chamber Music: The Emperor’s Nightingale

15.02.2018 木曜日 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

An evening of chamber music by Dvořák, Mozart, Efrem Podgaits and Václav Trojan

Jac van Steen conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra

16.02.2018 金曜日 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Jac van Steen returns to the Academy for an all-Sibelius programme

Violin Masterclass with Philippe Graffin

16.02.2018 金曜日 14:30 - 17:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Violin masterclass with Philippe Graffin

Double Bass Prize free

16.02.2018 金曜日 19:00, Henry Wood Room

Competitors present a programme of their own choice for double bass

Cello Masterclass with Steven Isserlis

16.02.2018 金曜日 18:30 - 21:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Cello masterclass with Steven Isserlis

David Martin/ Florence Hooton Cello Concerto Prize free

19.02.2018 月曜日 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy cellists perform their own choice of repertoire

From Cremona to London: Specialist Curator’s Tour free

19.02.2018 月曜日 12:30 - 13:30, Museum Strings Gallery

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

Composers’ Project: CHROMA free

22.02.2018 木曜日 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Award-winning ensemble CHROMA return for a concert of new works by Academy postgraduate composers

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, Theatre

A prize for chamber ensembles with piano

Violin Masterclass free

12.03.2018 月曜日 14:00 - 17:00, Theatre

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, Theatre

Singers and instrumentalists from the Academy and the Hochschule für Musik

Academy Song Exchange free

15.03.2018 木曜日 13:05, Theatre

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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