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The Strings department offers outstanding opportunities to explore your musical passions. With a high staff-student ratio, we have a friendly and supportive learning environment that responds to individual needs and promotes initiatives.
We strive to maintain and develop an environment where both staff and students feel they have a share of its ownership. We encourage our students to participate in shaping the Department into an artistic community that responds to the aspirations of tomorrow’s musicians.
The majority of our teaching staff are professional musicians working in Scotland and beyond. Being surrounded by four professional orchestras in Glasgow alone and the only conservatoire in Scotland, the Strings department is integrated into the professional musical life of Glasgow and our students are in regular contact with it through personal contact as well as apprenticeship schemes. Students search for identity through creativity and artistic experimentation, and develop a clear overview of what it is to live and work as musicians today.
The String dept offers a comprehensive first year of study which is tailored to your individual needs, including consolidating technical basics, as well as helping you develop a broad musical outlook.
Ensemble playing, supported by close supervision, plays a key role in this. Fundamental techniques are appraised in Technique Classes by making a video which you later review in consultation with your Principal Study Tutor. This dialogue forms the basis of your Tutor report which in turn facilitates your continued development as a musician.
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Upon successful completion of Year 1, this period of study develops the process of becoming an independent musician, and offers a wider range of ensemble activities. You will also have opportunities to take chamber music as a credit-bearing component. By the end of Year 2 you are expected to be fully equipped musically and technically to begin to engage with the profession and the public through developed performance skills.
In the second part of your degree you can audition for a range of side-by-side projects with professional musicians. The notion of practice-based research is introduced, and you are encouraged to foster critical thinking through performance. We help you develop the independent musical thinking and informed musicianship required of today’s musicians – connecting your musical instinct and your intellect becomes critical to you as a musician.
In Year 3, the chamber music exam may be in collaboration with a keyboard instrument. In Year 4 the chamber music exam can include a mock Masters or Professional Orchestral audition in order to prepare you for the next stage. In both Year 3 and 4 the end of year exam is a public performance – a platform to express your artistic personality. We seek an ability to think creatively and express yourself with consummate skills and artistry.
David Watkin is an internationally renowned cellist and conductor.
He has played a key role at the heart of some ground-breaking performances, made a wide range of solo recordings and has conducted groups including the Scottish National Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Malta Philharmonic, the Swedish Baroque Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music and the Manchester Consort.
An ethos of experimentation, exploration and collaboration defines a new contemporary music collective at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
With a bold creative vision and a mission to push boundaries, acclaimed violinist Daniel Pioro — in his new role of Associate Artist in Contemporary String Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland — has joined forces with thirteen students to unleash Studio Collective.
As Associate Artist, Daniel will work intensively with his newly created consort of four cellists, two violinists and three viola players, as well as four composers, over the next twelve months, where they’ll be exposed to the daily workings of extraordinary artists from all fields. The line-up will change every year.