Becoming a professional

A message from Mark Racz, Deputy Principal

Performance is at the heart of all our work at the Academy.

We present over 400 public events every year. If you decide to study with us we’ll endeavour to give you a real sense of what professional musical life will be like for you after you have graduated.

For example, we believe it is essential for orchestral students to work with professional conductors of the highest artistic stature. Semyon Bychkov, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Trevor Pinnock, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner and Robin Ticciati, amongst others, are all regular Academy visitors.

Our students perform at major London venues including the Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Kings Place, as well as at the Aldeburgh and Spitalfields festivals, and play side-by-side in top orchestras and specialist ensembles such as London Sinfonietta. As I’m writing this in November 2014, orchestral rehearsals are taking place in our Duke’s Hall for Britten’s War Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall conducted by Marin Alsop.

We collaborate regularly with the Juilliard School, most recently in 2012 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York and the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the BBC Proms, conducted by John Adams. In June 2015 students from our Historical Performance department will collaborate with the Juilliard School on an all-Bach programme with Rachel Podger and Masaaki Suzuki, to be performed in New York and Boston and at the Leipzig Bach Festival. The Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, a firm fixture in London’s concert life, provides unique opportunities for students to work with professionals on this challenging and rewarding repertoire.

We’re extremely proud of our graduates’ successes: to name just a few recent achievements, Jason Evans (2013) has been appointed Principal Trumpet with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and double bassist Georgina Poad (2007) now plays in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra alongside section principal Dominic Seldis (1992). Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor (2012) received two Gramophone Awards, the Classic Brits Critics’ Award and a nomination for a BBC Music Magazine Award in his graduation year. Academy singers are ubiquitous on the stages of opera houses and concert venues world-wide. Miloš Karadaglic’s (2006) Deutsche Grammophon CDs have topped the charts worldwide, and Gareth Malone (2005) continues to inspire countless people with the joy of singing.

Your own professional career begins here.