Lucia Capellaro

 

Based in London, Lucia enjoys a busy performing life playing the baroque cello, cello, and viola da gamba. She works as a chamber musician, continuo cellist and leader, across Europe, Asia, and throughout the UK.


Lucia completed her Masters in 2013 at the Royal Academy of Music, where she received the Distinction of the prestigious DipRAM award, studying under Jonathan Manson. Her first class BMus (Hons) degree was received from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2009.


In November 2014, Martin Parr’s production, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, featuring Lucia and Katherine Heath at the Rose Playhouse was rated as one of the six best productions in London by Alexandra Coghlan at theArtsDesk.com. Pairing Shakespeare’s sonnets with music for solo cello, it was acclaimed as ‘Gentle and melancholic, inventive and profoundly moving’; ‘Revelatory . . . beautifully intimate . . . minutely choreographed’; ‘A coup de theatre . . . skilful . . . tender . . . delicate’.


Lucia has worked alongside some of the most influential baroque musicians including Sir Christopher Hogwood, Rachel Podger, Laurence Cummings, Dame Emma Kirkby, Elizabeth Wallfisch and Jeffery Skidmore. During her studies, Lucia has taken part in many masterclasses with musicians such as Daniel Brüggen, Raphael Wallfisch, Alexander Baillie and Alison McGillivray.


She performs in world class venues such as the Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, St John’s Smith Square, the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, and St Martin in the Fields.


Lucia has extensive recording experience, performing live on BBC Radio 3 and in many studios including Abbey Road. Recent recordings include a debut CD with countertenor Meili Li and Ensemble Senesino, and Forgotten Vienna with The Amadé Players under the Resonus Classics.


Alongside historical performance, Lucia has a keen interest in other genres of music and art. She performs, records, and directs for many jazz and pop artists and audio engineers; and is involved in a number of projects working closely with dancers, circus performers, film makers and poets. She performs regularly with the Sam Watts jazz band, with whom she has performed live on BBC Radio 3 in the Royal Albert Hall Late Proms.


Lucia has taught since 2006, working privately and for the Haringey Music Service, Solihull Music Service, Aston Performing Arts and Music House for Children. During the past four years she has taught over 70 students and has coached orchestras and chamber ensembles. She is also works closely with mental health patients, and regularly holds music based workshops at St Ann’s hospital, Haringey.


Lucia is very grateful to have received support from the Albert Cooper Memorial Trust, the Women’s Careers Foundation, the Wolfson Fund, the Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize, Tottenham Grammar School Foundation, and the Hornsey Parochial Society.