Emilie Capulet is an award-winning international concert pianist, lecturer, writer and musicologist. She regularly gives solo piano recitals, lecture-recitals and chamber music concerts in international music festivals and concert halls in Europe, the USA, Canada and Latin America. Recent engagements include a concert tour of Holland with recitals in Amsterdam and North Brabant, a performance at the Ottawa Valley Music Festival in Ontario and a concert at the B.A.R.N. in Pontiac, Quebec, concerts in France for the European Heritage Day and the Château de Lourmarin, recitals in the UK at Kings Place, Cheltenham Town Hall, Winchester Cathedral, Buxton Opera House, the Halifax Festival, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the Guildford International Music Festival, the Sevenoaks Summer Festival, the Princes Theatre (Clacton) for the Clacton Arts & Literary Society, The Woodville Theatre and the Woodford Concert Society. Chamber music recitals include Dvorak’s piano quintet in the historic Holywell Music Room in Oxford with the Tippett Quartet and a performance in the Ealing Music and Film Festival with the English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble. She has performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Coldstream Guards and LCM Camerata in London, and has recently appeared with the Portsmouth Festival Choir as soloist in Constant Lambert’s Rio Grande at Portsmouth Cathedral. Regularly invited as guest artist on luxury cruise liners, she has performed on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and has led Musical Cruises on the Rhine and the Danube, as well as cultural tours to music festival in France.
Emilie has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio Canada, France Bleu Provence, and Nicaraguan television and radio. While touring Latin America, she received the ExpressArte award for her exceptional contribution to Nicaraguan culture, art and education. Emilie has recorded a CD of works by Beethoven and Chopin with BMP and is currently preparing a CD of 20th century French piano repertoire.
In addition to her busy solo career, Emilie has built a strong reputation as a lecture-recitalist and guest speaker. She often gives talks on the relations between music, literature and painting in international conferences and music societies. Invited by Glyndebourne to give pre-performance lectures on their operatic touring season, Emilie has also appeared for the Société Nationale des Professeurs de Français en Grande-Bretagne, the Cercle Français of Esher and the Amitiés Françaises of Godalming, as well as lecturing for Rivages du Monde and ACE Cultural Tours. As well as a Master of Music (MMus) in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, her interest in the arts as a whole has earned her an MA on Shakespeare and a PhD on the musicality of Modernist literature. She has published on many aspects of music history and contemporary music performance practices, as well as on music in healthcare. Her book on Virginia Woolf: a Musical Life, was published by Bloomsbury Heritage and she regularly writes Prefaces for the Repertoire & Opera Explorer series of study scores published by Musikproduktion Hoeflich (Heidelberg).
Described as an "inspirational music educator","brilliant", "passionate", "compelling" and "inspiring" by her students, Emilie is often invited to give piano masterclasses and workshops in schools and universities worldwide, including most recently Chichester University, Hazelwood School and Trinity School, Croydon. She has just returned from Asia, where she gave piano masterclasses in China at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guanzhou, the Hong Kong Baptist University and at the London College of Music's Hong Kong campus at the Nan Yang College of Higher Education. She also recently gave a masterclass and lecture-recital at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.
Emilie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Senior Lecturer and Head of Classical Performance at the London College of Music, University of West London. She is a member of the Peer Review Panel of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
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