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Head of Strings Jo Cole FHEA, ARAM Studied at the Academy with Florence Hooton and David Strange, then with Ralph Kirshbaum, followed by a substantial playing career spanning 25 years. A distinguished, seasoned orchestral cellist and experienced chamber musician, her versatility includes period performance and innovation in outreach. Deputy Head of Strings at the RNCM, 2006–2010. She resigned her membership of the Academy of St Martin’s, and as Co-Principal of the City of London Sinfonia, to devote herself to training string students at the Academy.


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.


String students at the Academy benefit from a winning combination of strong artistic traditions with forward-thinking realism about today’s musical life, forming an imaginative springboard from which to launch their careers. The crucial disciplines — solo, orchestral and chamber music — are given intensive attention throughout, nurturing talent to produce versatile, creative and practical musicians of excellence. From the start we foster engagement with the reality of an unpredictable and rapidly- changing profession, enabling a smooth transition into professional life rather than a jolt into the unknown at graduation.


The Teachers Students have access to several members of the faculty for chamber music coaching, but * indicates a professor with special responsibility in this important area.


Violin Remus Azoitei MMus, ARAM Diana Cummings FRAM Richard Deakin MMus, FRCO, FRAM Joshua Fisher Mayumi Fujikawa Hon ARAM Clio Gould AGSM, Hon RAM Erich Gruenberg OBE, Hon RAM, FGSM, FRCM Maurice Hasson Hon RAM Hu Kun Hon RAM Sophie Langdon ARAM Jack Liebeck Mateja Marinkovic Hon ARAM Nicholas Miller ARAM Lydia Mordkovitch Hon RAM, FRNCM


György Pauk Hon RAM, Hon GSM (Ede Zathureczsky Professor of Violin)


Igor Petrushevski Dip Moscow Conservatoire, Hon ARAM Maureen Smith Hon ARAM Tomotada Soh Hon ARAM


Visiting Professors of Violin Professor Thomas Brandis Hon RAM Daniel Hope DipRAM, FRAM Tasmin Little FGSM, Hon ARCM Maxim Vengerov Hon RAM


Viola Yuko Inoue BA, PPRNCM, Hon ARAM Garfield Jackson FRAM * Martin Outram MA, FRAM * Paul Silverthorne FRAM James Sleigh ARCM, Hon ARAM Matthew Souter AGSM, Hon ARAM


Visiting Professors of Viola Philip Dukes Hon ARAM Hartmut Rohde Hon RAM Su Zhen ARAM


Cello Robert Cohen Hon RAM Jo Cole FHEA, ARAM Lionel Handy ARAM Guy Johnston Josephine Knight FRAM Mats Lidström Hon ARAM Felix Schmidt Hon ARAM David Smith FRAM, FRSAMD *


Professor David Strange FRAM (Professor Emeritus of Strings)


Professor in Residence, 2011–2012, Cello and Chamber Music Sung-Won Yang (Professor, Yonsei University, Seoul)


Visiting Professors of Cello Colin Carr Hon RAM Steven Doane


Double Bass Duncan McTier BSc, ARCM, FRNCM, Hon RAM Graham Mitchell ARAM Rodney Stewart FRAM


Visiting Professors of Double Bass Matthew McDonald Dominic Seldis FRAM


Griller Chair of Chamber Music Professor Thomas Brandis Hon RAM


String Instrument Collection The Academy has ‘one of the premier and most accessible collections in the world’ (The Strad). Many of the 250+ instruments are available to students. The staff of the on-site workshop advise students on maintenance of their own instruments, and a bow specialist visits regularly. Instrument Custodian: David Rattray Hon ARAM


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2010–2011 Highlights Chamber music masterclasses and coaching with Thomas Brandis, Hartmut Rohde, RTE Vanbrugh and Skampa Quartets Masterclasses with violinists Thomas Brandis, Daniel Hope and Tasmin Little; violists Roger Benedict, Philip Dukes, Tatjana Masurenko and Hartmut Rohde; cellists Colin Carr, Steven Doane, Gregor Horsch, Truls Mørk (pictured above) and Raphael Wallfisch; and double bassists Matthew McDonald and Dominic Seldis Two Wigmore Hall performances by Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists The Piatti Quartet, Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellows, performed at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum on a quartet of Academy Strads Daimon Quartet: student winners of Cavatina Intercollegiate Quartet Competition 2011 Many more high-profile events, including eight concerts of Brahms chamber music


Graduates perform with all the major UK orchestras, and with many orchestras and ensembles world-wide. Some recent students: Nathaniel Anderson-Frank (graduated 2010) first violin, Philharmonia Orchestra Giovanni Guzzo (2009) leader, Manchester Camerata Thomas Gould (2006) soloist and leader of Britten Sinfonia Kaoru Yamada (2004) first violin, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Clare Duckworth (2003) co-principal second violin, London Philharmonic Orchestra Louisa Tuck (2006) principal cello, Northern Sinfonia Rachel Helleur (2004) cello section member, Berlin Philharmonic Rachel Meerloo (2010) double bass section member, Hallé Orchestra Georgina Poad (2007) double bass section member, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Badke String Quartet (2005) first prize, Melbourne International Quartet Competition


Senior Administrator: Esmé Acton BA, Hon ARAM Telephone 020 7873 7395 Email strings@ram.ac.uk Open Day: 21st September 2011


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