Violin and Viola

The School of Strings is home to a thriving community of violin and viola players, who all have a wealth of learning, audition and performance opportunities available to them.

As well as orchestral repertoire, all students are encouraged to take part in chamber music, and students with an interest in Historical Performance will have the opportunity to play with period instruments and bows and to receive tuition in Baroque violin and viola.

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Recent Masterclasses

High-profile staff and visiting tutors who have recently delivered masterclasses within the School include Olivier Charlier, James Ehnes, Ivry Gitlis, Giovanni Guzzo, Isabelle van Keulen, Henning Kragerrud, Peter Manning, Midori, Viktoria Mullova, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov, Marianne Thorsen and Nikolaj Znaider

Violin and Viola Alumni

David Adams:  Leader of Welsh National Opera
Ian Belton:  Brodsky Quartet
Adi Brett:  Leader of Manchester Camerata
Mia Cooper:  Leader of RTÉ Orchestra
Oliver Heath:  Leader of the Heath Quartet
Benedict Holland:  Director and Artistic Advisor, Sinfonia Viva; Violin, Psappha
Peter Manning:  Concertmaster of The Royal Opera House
Amin Merchant:  Leader of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Sarah Oates:  
No. 2 1st Violin Philharmonia Orchestra
Kate Richardson:  Principal 2nd Violin, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Thomas:  
Founder of the Brodsky Quartet
Catherine Yates:  Deputy Head of RNCM Strings; Formerly Principal 2nd Violin, the Hallé

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