Professor Jo Cole

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Former Head of Strings at the Royal Academy of Music.

Professor of Cello at Royal Academy of Music.

Jo Cole is Head of Strings and cello professor at the Royal Academy of Music. She won a scholarship to study at the Academy herself where she was a pupil of Florence Hooton and David Strange, before further study with Ralph Kirshbaum, Pierre Fournier and William Pleeth.

Her performing career of over twenty years included membership of the Academy of St Martins, regular playing with the London Symphony Orchestra, numerous guest principal and freelancing engagements throughout the UK as well as performance and recordings of chamber music and solo works. She has adjudicated competitions nationally and internationally, given classes in a number of international conservatoires and summer courses and uses these opportunities to share her thinking not only on cello playing but advocating that developing musicians embrace all forms of performance and the arts in order to be fulfilled and communicative artists.

She is Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of Music at the University of London.

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