ABOUT

"Lucia is the muse of the piece, the partner, the object of desire, hope and regret; and she embroiders this role with virtuosic playing of the cello"

Verity Healey, Theatre Bubble

"Capellaro is outstanding. Her cello playing is utterly enthralling and there are some lovely touches to her
performance"

Views from the Gods

Lucia Capellaro completed her undergraduate degree at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2009 with a 1st class BMus (Hons), and in 2011 went on to study for her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, where she received a Distinction with the prestigious DipRAM Award, under cellist Jonathan Manson. Based in the UK, she performs in Europe, China, the USA and South America with ensembles such as Dunedin Consort, Concerto Copenhagen, English Touring Opera, Ex Cathedra, La Serenissima and the Hanover Band. As a soloist she has performed as part of the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and she is currently a Handel House Young Talent.

Alongside historical performance Lucia is passionate about many other genres and performs regularly with jazz, folk and contemporary groups. She has been involved in a number of cross-disciplinary productions including ‘Where late the Sweet Birds Sang’ directed by Martin Parr at the Rose Theatre, ‘Noh Time like the Present’ with Noh theatre master Akira Matsui at LSO St Luke’s, ‘Calcutta’ directed by Katie De La Matter, and ‘A Thousand Faces’ directed by Amina Khayyam. Lucia is currently working with contemporary artists including DJ Yoda, Eva Lazarus, Joel Culpepper, Swindle, and Meilyr Jones, and performs in the nine-piece jazz ensemble, the Sam Watts Band. She also has an interest in 18th century folk music, performing and recording with the Twisted Twenty and Scots Baroque. Lucia is involved in collaborations with electroacoustic composer, Timothy Cooper, whose composition ...shadows that in darkness dwell... premiered by Ensemble 1604, was nominated for a Scottish Award for New Music 2020 and an Ivor Award 2020. Lucia and Tim have also embarked on a duo project, exploring live electronics and cello improvisations.

Lucia is a keen educator. She teaches cello, viola da gamba and bass guitar privately and at Mountview Academy for Performing Arts, and has previously taught for both Solihull and Haringey Music Services. From 2014 to 2018 Lucia worked with the charity Future Talent to devise and deliver a three-year Arts Council funded Performance and Development programme, to support talented young musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds. In this role she directed chamber music ensembles, gave mentoring and teaching sessions and founded the Future Talent Orchestra. She has taken Future Talent chamber music ensembles to perform at venues such as Buckingham Palace, Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, and the Royal Northern College of Music. She is currently the Learning & Participation Manager at Dunedin Consort, where she delivers an annual programme of school workshops, choral workshops, performance classes, and other bespoke opportunities.

 

"She has a fine partner in Capellaro – a cellist who also sings (gentle, folky neo-baroque ballads – not a hey nonny in sight) and acts, offering a point of emotional stillness and constancy... the affectionate eroticism of Capellaro, lying in bed with her cello, playing it like a lover (and who knew you could actually play a cello lying down) and exploiting the instrument’s suggestive curves... Gentle and melancholic, inventive and profoundly moving"

Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk

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