Head of Strings, Royal College of Music, London

Cellist Jo Cole studied at the Academy with Florence Hooton and David Strange, then with Ralph Kirshbaum. This was followed by a substantial playing career spanning 25 years. A distinguished, seasoned orchestral cellist and experienced chamber musician, Jo has a record of versatility, which includes period performance and innovation in outreach. She was Deputy Head of Strings at the Royal Northern College of Music from 2006 to 2010.

She resigned her membership of the Academy of St Martins, and as Co-Principal of the City of London Sinfonia to devote herself to training string students at the Academy. She continues to perform when this commitment allows.