School of Strings

Life within the RNCM School of Strings is about unlocking potential. From intensive one-to-one training and a vast array of performance opportunities, to mental focus sessions with sports psychologists and motivational talks with the military elite, we strive to provide the right stimulus to ensure you flourish.

Our dedicated team of tutors are musicians of the highest calibre, and we welcome further world-class artists throughout the year to present masterclasses, lectures and seminars tailored to meet the demands of the profession. Regular specialist performance classes will enrich your learning as a solo and ensemble player, and our open class policy means you’re encouraged to attend lessons within other Schools of Study, developing your creative, technical and personal skills with an array of RNCM staff.

The partnerships we’ve developed with leading orchestras across the UK, including the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata, provide invaluable opportunities to gain professional experience, and we host compulsory screened ‘blind’ auditions for our own orchestras and ensembles twice a year. Additionally, our annual Strings and Chamber Music Festivals offer the chance for all players (including double bass, harp, guitar and period instruments) to perform to public audiences, and our Symphony Orchestra brings each year to a close with a rousing concert at Manchester’s prestigious Bridgwater Hall.

For more information on the audition process and requirements for the School of Strings, click here.

Further Information

Strings Staff

Head of School
Chris Hoyle GRNCM, PPRNCM

Deputy Head of School
Catherine Yates GMusRNCM (Hons), PPRNCM

International Chairs in Violin
Yair Kless BA (Mus), MA (Mus)
Ning Feng
Henning Kraggerud

International Chair in Viola
Nobuko Imai

Howarth International Tutor in Cello
Miklós Perényi

International Tutor in Cello
Karine Georgian

International Tutor in Double Bass
Božo Paradžik

International Tutor in Strings Pedagogy and Performance
Henk Guittart

International Tutor in Violin
Alexander Sitkovetsky

Visiting Tutors in Violin
Levon Chilingirian ARCM, FRCM, Hon PhD, OBE

Tutors in Violin
Leland Chen
James Clark
Pavel Fischer
Julia Hanson
Benedict Holland PPRNCM 
Yair Kless
Gina McCormack
Sebastian Mueller
Callum Smart
Simon Smith
Yuri Torchinsky PGDip, MDip
Cecily Ward 
Steven Wilkie GMusRNCM, PGDipRNCM
Catherine Yates GMusRNCM (Hons), PPRNCM
Yossi Zivoni FRCM, FRNCM, Graduate Tel Aviv Music Academy and Royal Conservatory of Brussels

Tutor in Baroque Violin
Dr Pauline Nobes ARNCM, GRNCM, MusM(Perf), MusB, PGDipRNCM, PhD

Visiting Tutors in Viola
Henk Guittart
Garth Knox
Thomas Riebl
Simon Rowland-Jones ARCM
Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir

Tutors in Viola
David Aspin ARCM
Veit Hertenstein
Susie Mészáros
Lucy Nolan
Martin Schäfer
Vicci Wardman

Tutor in Baroque Viola
Annette Isserlis

Visiting Tutor in Cello
Raphael Wallfisch FRAM, FGSM

Tutors in Cello
Leonard Elschenbroich
Chris Hoyle GRNCM, PPRNCM
Nicholas Jones ARCM
Petr Prause
Hannah Roberts ARCM, PPRNCM, FRNCM
Victoria Simonsen
Gillian Thoday LRAM, Konzert Dip (North West German Music Academy)
Nicholas Trygstad BMus (Hons)
Eduardo Vassallo Dip (Maastricht Conservatoire), Dip (International Menuhin Academy, Gstaad)

Tutor in Baroque Cello
Susan Sheppard ARAM

Tutors in Double Bass
Ronan Dunne
Jiří Hudec

Visiting Tutor in Guitar
Gordon Crosskey BSc, ARCM, FRNCM

Tutors in Guitar
Craig Ogden BA (Mus), PGDipRNCM, PPRNCM, FRNCM
Rory Russell BMus (Hons)
Tom McKinney BMus (Hons), MusM

Tutor in Lute, Theorbo and Early Guitar
Paula Chateauneuf

Tutor in Harp
Eira Lynn Jones GMusRNCM, MMus

Tutor in Dalcroze Eurythmics
Karin Greenhead

Principal Study Options

Available Courses

Contact Us

School of Strings Administrator
E melanie.smith@rncm.ac.uk 
T 0161 907 5254

Admissions and Course Enquiries
E admissions@rncm.ac.uk
T 0161 907 5465