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Mr Paul Cox 

Head of String Studies

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Mr Paul Cox is the Head of String Studies in Music at the University of Southampton.

I am the Head of String Studies, which encompasses guitar and harp as well as conventional orchestral string instruments. As part of my role I run the String Workshops, coach string-based ensembles and teach cello, in addition to participating in the examination of string players. If you play a string instrument and have any questions, concerns or issues, please approach me as your main point of contact.

I am foremost a cellist and conductor. As a cellist I have given numerous concerto and recital performances, and have broadcast on a range of radio networks including the BBC, Independent Radio Network and Swiss Radio. I have performed as a soloist in the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a cellist in the Franke Piano Quintet, contributing to a number of world premieres such as Michael Finnissy's completion of the Grieg Quintet.

I am Chairman of the Eureka! Foundation, which promotes excellence in string playing, supports instrumental teachers and has raised some £30,000 for community groups. In addition to my role at Southampton, I am a Specialist String Mentor for the MA in 'Music Teaching in Professional Practice' at the University of Reading, where I have acted as mentor for teachers in Europe, Asia and South America.




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Music Performance Research

I first studied cello with Myra Chahin and Janet Tinbergen, and participated in masterclasses with Harro Ruijsenaas. Subsequently, I read Music at the University of East Anglia where, as part of the performance course, I was able to further my cello studies in London with Chistopher Bunting. After graduating I was awarded a scholarship to Reading University, which enabled me to complete a Masters in Performance Studies.

Since then I have given numerous concerto and recital performances, and have played in a wide variety of chamber groups. I appeared as a soloist in a performance of the Triple Concerto by Beethoven with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and, as a cellist in the Franke Piano Quintet, have contributed to a major series of concerts at St John's Smith Square, London, which included the world premiere of the Quintet by Eduard Lalo. Recent Concerto performances include Elgar, the Brahms Double and Rococo Variations. I have also been broadcast on the BBC, Independent Radio Network and Swiss Radio, and have recently recorded the works for cello and piano by Bortkiewicz. This year I have given recitals of the complete Beethoven Sonatas. French repertoire is to feature next. 

I am currently Head of Strings at the University of Southampton, and also act as a String Editor and Tutor for the 'Music Teaching in Professional Practice Course' developed by Reading University and the Incorporated Society of Musicians in conjunction with the International Centre for Research in Music Education. I am also involved in conducting, and have a particular interest in youth orchestra activities. In 1997 I set up the ‘Eureka! Foundation’ and am now its Chairman; the Foundation provides an original way of supporting instrumental teaching, promotes concerts and raises money for community groups.


Mr Paul Cox
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
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