Timothy Ridout graduated from the Academy in 2016 with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence and is now one of the most sought-after violists of his generation. Timothy regularly appears as a soloist with leading orchestras around the world. This season he will perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. In recent seasons Timothy has made his debut with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Hamburger Symphoniker and Orchestre National de Lille, among others. He regularly records for the Harmonia Mundi label.

Timothy will lead a viola masterclass at the Academy on Tuesday 20 June, ahead of his new role which will begin in September 2023.

'The Academy has always been a musical home for me, since I first stepped foot in the building aged 13. I’m absolutely delighted to take up the role of Visiting Professor and look forward to working closely with a new generation of young musicians!'

Timothy Ridout

Robert Cohen’s distinguished international career has spanned over four decades as soloist performing concertos worldwide with artists such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Mark Elder, Charles Mackerras and Simon Rattle. His chamber music collaborations include concerts and recordings with Yehudi Menuhin, Amadeus String Quartet and Leonidas Kavakos. His award-winning discography began aged 19 with Elgar’s Cello Concerto and London Philharmonic Orchestra.

World-renowned pedagogue William Pleeth taught and inspired generations of musicians. Among these were just three child students: his son Anthony, Jacqueline du Pré and Robert Cohen. Robert will now be named William Pleeth Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music.

'What a wonderful way to celebrate and honour William Pleeth. I'm thrilled to receive this prestigious title.'

Robert Cohen

On Monday 6 November, Robert will give a public masterclass followed by a talk on William Pleeth. Robert will discuss the mastery of Pleeth's teaching and his extraordinary legacy.

Tickets to attend these events will be available to the public in July when booking opens for the autumn term.