Dr Emilie Capulet
BA (Hons) (Uni. de Provence), PGDip in Performance & MMus (Guildhall School of Music & Drama), MA & Doctorat (Uni. de Provence), PhD (Uni. of Surrey), Gold Medal (Conservatoire National de Région), GradCert in Teaching and Learning (Uni. of Surrey)
'Under Emilie’s fingers, the notes dance, cascade, and bewitch the audience. A moment of pure magic.' La Provence
Emilie Capulet was born in Aix-en-Provence, France. She studied the piano at the Conservatoire there and in Marseille where she was awarded several prizes, making her solo recital debut at the age of 14 in the Rising Stars series of the Aix-en-Provence Summer Music Festival. She subsequently spent a year at the Conservatorium in Sydney, Australia, under the guidance of concert pianist William Corbett-Jones, visiting professor from the University of San Francisco. After gaining a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, in Advanced Instrumental Studies, studying with professor Paul Roberts, she was awarded a Master of Music degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance.
Emilie Capulet regularly gives solo and chamber music recitals 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, recitals in the UK at Winchester Cathedral, Buxton Opera House, the Halifax Festival, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the Guildford International Music Festival, the Sevenoaks Festival, the Gateshead Arts Centre, The Woodville Theatre and the Woodford Concert Society. She 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. She has given radio and television interviews and 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, Emilie 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 on the Toccata Classics label.
In addition to her busy solo career, Emilie has built a strong reputation as a lecture-recitalist and guest speaker. She gives illustrated talks on the relations between music, literature and painting in international literary and music conferences and has recently been invited by Glyndebourne to give pre-performance lectures on their operatic touring season. Emilie has a unique background in literature, drama and music. Her interest in the arts as a whole has earned her an MA on Shakespeare as well as a PhD on the musicality of Modernist literature. She was exceptionally awarded the highest French doctoral distinction, ‘Mention Très Honorable avec les Félicitations du Jury à l’Unanimité’, for her interdisciplinary Franco-British PhD on ‘Musical Forms and Aesthetics in the Works of Virginia Woolf’. Her interdisciplinary research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including articles on the Modernist musicalization of fiction, on the cultural and historical contextualization of melopoetic trends, and on the broader aesthetic, philosophical and theoretical aspects of intermediality and transmediality, travelling concepts, narrative theory, self-referentiality and the metanarrative. She has published a monograph on Virginia Woolf and Music with Bloomsbury Heritage. A lecturer in Higher Education for several years, Emilie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Recent performances include:
Solo recitals and chamber music concerts in international music festivals and concert halls in Europe, the USA, Canada and Latin America.
A concert tour of Holland with recitals in Amsterdam and North Brabant.
Performance at the Ottawa Valley Music Festival in Ontario.
A concert at the B.A.R.N. in Pontiac, Quebec.
Concerts in France for the European Heritage Day.
Recitals in the UK at Winchester Cathedral, Buxton Opera House, the Halifax Festival, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the Guildford International Music Festival, the Gateshead Arts Centre, The Woodville Theatre and the Woodford Concert Society.
Portsmouth Festival Choir as soloist in Constant Lambert’s Rio Grande at Portsmouth Cathedral.
Guest artist on luxury cruise liners including Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and has led Musical Cruises on the Rhine and the Danube.
ExpressArte Award (Nicaragua)
Music by Beethoven and Chopin for solo piano, BMP Recording, Ken Blair (sound engineer), Sebastian Forbes (producer), May 2010.
Pre-concert talks and lecture-recitals
'Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore', Pre-performance talk, Glyndebourne on Tour, New Victoria Theatre, Woking, October 2013
'Humperdinck's Hänsel and Gretel', Pre-performance talk, Glyndebourne on Tour, New Victoria Theatre, Woking, October 2013
'Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia', Pre-performance talk, Glyndebourne on Tour, Glyndebourne, 2013
'Brahms’ violin sonata and Rachmaninov's cello sonata', pre-concert talk, Oxshott and Cobham Music Society, October 2013.
'Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia', Pre-performance talk, Glyndebourne on Tour, New Victoria Theatre, Woking, October 2013
'Début-du-Siècle Music and Painting', lecture-recital for ACE Cultural Tours, Paris, May 2013.
'Beethoven's Fidelio', Pre-Performance Talk for Vienna Opera performance, Notre Temps, 'Danube Musical Cruise', October 2011.
'A short history of the piano', lecture-recital for Notre Temps, Rhine Musical Cruise, May 2010.
'From Monet to Debussy: Music and Painting', lecture-recital for Notre Temps, ‘Rhine Musical Cruise’, 6th of May 2009.
Other digital media
Markson Pianos Blog, June 2013
'Music as a stimulus for enquiry: a concert pianist's perspective', interactive multimedia webpage,
SCEPTrE (Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education), June 2007 (http://complexworld.pbwiki.com/Emilie)
Television and radio
Radio Broadcast, BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Show, June 2014
Radio Interview, Radio Canada, CBC, Canada, August 2012.
Radio Interview, BBC Southern Counties, Great-Britain, March 2011.
Radio Interview, France Bleu Provence, France, April 2011.
Radio Interview, Radio Nostalgie, France, September 2010.
Television Interview, Canal 12, Nicaragua, July 2008.
Television Interview, Cien por ciento Noticias, Nicaragua, July 2008.
Live concert broadcast, Radio Dario, Nicaragua, June 2008.
Live radio interview, Radio Dario, Nicaragua, June 2008.
Virginia Woolf - a Musical Life, Bloomsbury Heritage Series, London: Cecil Woolf Publishing, June 2009.
Peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters
'Gabriel Pierné, Viennoise (suite de valses et cortège-blues), Op. 49bis', Preface to Study Score, Repertoire & Opera Explorer, Musikproduktion Jürgen Höflich, München. (forthcoming October 2014)
'Camille Saint-Saëns, Symphony in A Major (c. 1850)', Preface to Study Score, Repertoire & Opera Explorer, Musikproduktion Jürgen Höflich, München, June 2014
'Through the looking-glass: transmediality in musicalized narratives of the Modernist period', book chapter in Transmediality and Transculturality, ‘American Studies – Monograph Series’, Universitätsverlag C. Winter, Heidelberg (Nadja Gernalzick, and Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, eds.), September 2013
'Leaving things in a mess: street music, Virginia Woolf, and the problem of musical autonomy', book chapter in Autonomy and Commitment in Twentieth-Century British Arts. eds. Jean-Michel Ganteau, Christine Reynier. Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2012, pp. 101-110.
'Voicing the Music in Literature: 'Musicality' as a Travelling Concept', European Journal of English Studies, 13.1: Travelling Concepts, eds. Birgit Neumann & Frederik Tygstrup, May 2009, pp. 79-91.
'Beyond the Boundaries of Language: Music in Virginia Woolf's The String Quartet', Journal of the Short Story in English, vol. 50, ed. Christine Reynier, Anger: Presses Universitaires d’Anger, Spring 2008, pp. 201-215.
'From the traditional classical piano recital to the interactive multimedia event: the aesthetic consequences of a move towards intermediality in contemporary performance practice', Culture, Language and Representation, Vol. 5, special edition on ‘Intermediality in Contemporary Culture’, Guest Editor: Freda Chapple, May 2008, pp. 123-138.
'Consciousness and the Imagination in the Music of the French Impressionists', CLA (‘Consciousness, Literature and the Arts’), peer-reviewed journal, ed. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, December 2007. (online)
'Virginia Woolf and the Music of the Mind', book chapter in Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts 2007, ed. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, pp. 289-308.
Conference papers, lecture-recitals and conference posters
'Maurice Ravel’s literary sources of inspiration', Lecture-Recital on for the Société Nationale des Professeurs de Français en Grande-Bretagne, London, 22 February 2014
'Performer/Composer Collaboration', joint presentation by Emilie Capulet and Tom Armstrong, Research Seminar, University of Surrey, February 2012.
'The Viennese Connection', lecture-recital for the Gustav Mahler Centenary Conference, University of Surrey, July 2011.
'Beyond the boundaries of music: Impressionism in Debussy and Ravel', paper and lecture-recital, RMA Annual Conference, London, July 2010.
'Collaboration and Tradition', joint presentation by Emilie Capulet and Tom Armstrong. Collaborative Processes in Music Making: Pedagogy and Practice, PALATINE, University of Surrey, November 2009.
'Music/Literature Interdisciplinarity at Doctoral Level in Higher Education', Literature and Music Research – Workshop for Graduate Students and Supervisors, School of Advanced Study, Senate House, London, July 2009.
'Debussy’s unspoken narratives: story-telling in the Preludes', lecture-recital, Sixth Biennial International Conference on Music since 1900, Keele University, July 2009.
'Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit: narratives in performance', paper, Word and Music Studies: Seventh International Conference, Vienna, June 2009.
'Debussy, Ravel and Albeniz', lecture-recital, Conference on Autonomy & Commitment in Modernist British Arts, Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier III, March 2009.
'Leaving things in a mess: Virginia Woolf, autonomy and the musical paradigm', paper, Conference on Autonomy & Commitment in Modernist British Arts, Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier III, March 2009.
'Capriccio': avant-premiere of his new piece for piano, written for Emilie Capulet’, lecture-recital given jointly with Tom Armstrong, Department of Music, King’s College, London, March 2009.
'Suggesting versus showing: Virginia Woolf's cinema of the future', paper, Conference on Modernism and the Visual Arts, Oxford University, UK, 1st-2nd of November 2008.
'Seeing the music: colour, sound and texture in the art of the début-du-siècle', illustrated lecture given at the National Gallery, London for the Royal Musical Association ‘Musical Iconography’ Study Day, Courteauld Institute/National Gallery, London, March 2008.
'Musical performances as immersive experiences in Higher Education', interactive recital/workshop, Appreciating the Power of Immersive Experience Conference, Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education (SCEPTrE), University of Surrey, UK, January 2008.
'Through the looking-glass: transmediality in musicalized narratives of the Modernist period', paper, Transmediality and Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium, Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, December 2007.
'Transmediality and transculturality in Performance: from Aloysius Bertrand’s La Nuit et ses Sortileges to Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit', lecture-recital, Transmediality and Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium, Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, December 2007.
'From intermediality to interdisciplinarity, a new critical methodology for the study of music and literature:Virginia Woolf's The Waves', poster presentation, awarded the Conference’s 'Best Poster' Prize (Research Staff), Festival of Research, University of Surrey, UK November 2007.
'Facilitating Enquiry: a concert pianist's perspective: From interpretation to performance, music as a model of enquiry', interactive musical recital/enquiring conversation, Learning for a Complex World, ‘Facilitating Enquiry’ Annual Conference 2007, SCEPTrE Centre, University of Surrey, UK, June 2007
'The music of the mind: music and Modernist stream of consciousness literature', paper, Second International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, May 2007.
'Consciousness and the Imagination in the Music of the French Impressionists (Debussy, Ravel and Albeniz)', lecture-recital, Second International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, May 2007.
'Virginia Woolf’s aesthetics: beyond the boundaries of language', paper, 16th International Virginia Woolf Conference, 'Woolfian Boundaries', University of Birmingham, UK, June 2006.
‘Virginia Woolf's, The String Quartet', presentation, School of Arts Research Seminar, University of Surrey, UK, December 2005.
'Virginia Woolf and the Impressionists', lecture/recital, Guildford International Book Festival 2005 in collaboration with the University of Surrey Book Circle, University of Surrey, UK, October 2005.
'Virginia Woolf: Exploring the Sound of Music', paper, followed by an evening solo piano recital of French Impressionist music, 15th International Virginia Woolf Conference 2005, 'The Art of Exploration', Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon (USA), June 2005.
'Student Volunteering in Britain', live international video-conference with Indiana University (USA), Student Volunteering Conference 2005, University College, London, UK, April 2005.
'The Musicalization of Fiction: Counterpoint in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway', paper, Royal Musical Association Annual Research Students’ Conference, Universities of Durham and Newcastle, March 2005.
'Virginia Woolf and Music', lecture/recital, Guildford International Music Festival 2005, Guildford Institute, Guildford, UK.
'Musical forms and aesthetics in the works of Virginia Woolf', presentation, School of Arts Research Seminar, University of Surrey, UK, December 2004.
Role in team
|Agata Kubiak||Second supervisor||Under what circumstances does performing new music encourage creativity in string players?|