Violist Timothy Ridout will become a visiting professor of music, while Robert Cohen has been named William Pleeth professor of cello

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Left: Violist Timothy Ridout

Right: Cellist Robert Cohen

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The Royal Academy of Music (RAM) has announced two appointments within its string department.

RAM alumnus and winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society 2023 Young Artist Award Timothy Ridout is to be made a visiting professor of music at the Academy, and Robert Cohen is to be named William Pleeth professor of cello in recognition of his career and teaching achievements at the Academy over the last 27 years.

‘The Academy has always been a musical home for me, since I first stepped foot in the building aged 13,’ said Ridout. ’I’m absolutely delighted to take up the role of visiting professor and look forward to working closely with a new generation of young musicians!’

Ridout graduated from the Academy in 2016 with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence and now regularly appears as a soloist with leading orchestras around the world. This season he will perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. In recent seasons Timothy has made his debut with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Hamburger Symphoniker and Orchestre National de Lille. He regularly records for the Harmonia Mundi label.

Ridout will lead a viola masterclass at the Academy on Tuesday 20 June, ahead of his new role which will begin in September 2023.

Cohen’s new title commemorates William Pleeth, the renowned cellist and pedagogue. Among the numerous musicians inspired by Pleeth, he only taught three children: his own son Anthony, Jacqueline du Pré and Cohen.

’What a wonderful way to celebrate and honour William Pleeth,’ said Cohen. ’I’m thrilled to receive this prestigious title.’

Cohen’s international career has spanned over four decades as soloist performing concertos worldwide with artists such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Mark Elder, Charles Mackerras and Simon Rattle. His chamber music collaborations include concerts and recordings with Yehudi Menuhin, Amadeus Quartet and Leonidas Kavakos. His award-winning discography began aged 19 with Elgar’s Cello Concerto and London Philharmonic Orchestra.

On Monday 6 November, Cohen will give a public masterclass followed by a talk on William Pleeth at the Academy, discussing the mastery of Pleeth’s teaching and his lasting legacy.

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