The Academy Strings Department has four new Visiting Professors: Božo Paradžik (double bass), Igor Yuzefovich (violin & orchestra studies), Roman Simovic (violin) and Ashan Pillai (viola). These musicians bring a wealth of experience to their teaching, from orchestral leading to ensemble and solo recital work. We look forward to welcoming these esteemed performers to the Academy in person once the building has re-opened.

Renowned cellist and Academy student Sheku Kanneh-Mason has been awarded the 2020 Rheingau Music Festival Award. The prize comes with a cash sum of €15,000 and an invitation to perform at the festival in 2021. Recently, Sheku has been busy performing live-streamed concerts from his home which you can find on his Facebook page. Earlier this week Sheku performed at a virtual tribute concert remembering Lynn Harrell, former Academy Principal and International Chair for Cello Studies, who sadly died last month.

The Sorrell Women Conductors Programme is now open for applications. The course, held over four weekends from September 2020, is aimed at women who are considering applying for a Master’s in orchestral conducting. The programme is now in its third year and is led by the Academy’s Head of Conducting Sian Edwards.

Annemarie Federle won the Brass Final of BBC Young Musician 2020 and goes through to the next round of the competition. Annemarie currently studies with Dennis Brain Chair of Horn Richard Watkins and will be joining us as a student in the autumn. Congratulations Annemarie!

Our 200 Pieces project continues while the Academy building is closed. Here is a performance of Lord Herbert’s Pavan by Academy composer and researcher David Gorton, performed by guitar student Bradley Johnson.

The latest in Open Academy’s ‘#RAMplaysON With You’ series features Open Academy Fellow and cellist Rebecca McNaught performing Frank Bridge.

Here is a performance of the Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No 5 played by Yanyan Lin.

Academy student Tiasha Faidiga performed a selection of musical theatre and jazz songs on Slovenian radio. You can find the complete performance on YouTube.

The Academy's flag on the front of the building


The Hermes Experiment, which counts Academy alumni amongst its members, have shared a remote performance of a piece by Meredith Monk.

The Academy's flag on the front of the building

The Hermes Experiment: Double Fiesta by Meredith Monk - Performance from Home

Student Christi Park from our Historical Performance department treated us to Biber’s Passacaglia performed on the Baroque violin.

Graduate Daniel Shao has been performing some wonderful flute music on his Instagram channel.