Department of Strings
With 150 students the string department plays a prominent part at the CvA. The faculty organises masterclasses given by internationally renowned guest teachers, such as Thomas Brandis, Philippe Graffin, Yuzuko Horigome, Isabelle van Keulen, Rudolf Koelman, Mark Lubotsky, Rachel Podger, Silvia Rosenberg and Gerhard Schulz. Orchestral training and chamber music a regular part of the curriculum. Students are taking part in a wide variety of orchestral and ensemble projects as well as special string projects.
In collaboration with the Netherlands String Quartet Academy, the CvA offers the string students as of September 2012 a thorough string quartet programme.
There are numerous links with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (NedPho). Master's degree students can audition for the Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy or the NedPho Academy, where they will receive a special training by orchestra members and participate in a number of concerts. One of the highlights is the biennial Oskar Back Competition, in which many students participate.
Additionally, there are workshops given by well-known violin- and bowmakers, such as Johan Jacobs and Andreas Grütter.
Head of Strings: Kees Koelmans
Kees Koelmans violin
Francien Schatborn viola
Maarten Mostert cello
Olivier Thiery double bass