Skip to main content

Dr. Emilie Capulet

Programme Leader BMus


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Dr Emilie Capulet, a white woman with long dark hair, smiling at the camera


Dr. Emilie Capulet is an award-winning pianist, lecturer and musicologist with a unique and versatile interdisciplinary background that crosses over from music to literature, and from historical enquiry to innovative multimedia performance. As a lecture-recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician, she has a portfolio of national and international performances in the UK, Europe, Latin America, the USA, Canada and Asia.

She has led knowledge exchange and public engagement music projects with international cultural and educational organisations such as the Alliance Française, Glyndebourne, ACE Cultural Tours, the Casa de los Tres Mundos (Nicaragua), and Rivages du Monde and she has recently given performance masterclasses and lectures at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guanzhou (China), the Hong Kong Baptist University, the Sorbonne University in Paris and the Liszt Academy in Budapest. While touring Latin America, she received the ExpressArte award for her exceptional contribution to Nicaraguan culture, art and education. Her involvement in emerging impact contexts within the wider healthcare community has led to performances in hospitals for BreatheArts Health Research (St Thomas’ and Guy’s Hospitals), at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, and in dementia care.

As well as mainstream repertoire, Emilie is also an advocate for contemporary music, marginalised artistic voices and cross-art collaborations and has recently released the premiere recording of Richard Lambert’s solo piano, chamber music and song cycles on the Quartz label, as well as the first recording of the complete solo piano music of the French-Corsican composer Henri Tomasi (1901-1971) on the Calliope label, which was awarded a ‘Grand Frisson’ by Audiophile Magazine and ffff in Pizzicato Magazine. She has also recorded Beethoven and Chopin for BNP. She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio Canada, France Musique, Radio Télévision Suisse, Bayern Klassik, and Nicaraguan television and radio and has appeared live on Sky News as their classical music expert.

Emilie has extensive experience in Higher Education in both conservatoire and university settings. She holds a dual French Doctorate and British PhD on musical forms and aesthetics in the works of Virginia Woolf as well as a Master of Music in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and an MA on Shakespeare from the Université de Provence. Emilie is committed to enhancing the student experience by bringing together theory and practice in order to create an inclusive and interdisciplinary curriculum, leading students to rethink the way we approach the histories and contexts of music performance today. By encouraging students to explore a network of often tacit or embodied knowledge, and to critically appraise the cultural, mythopoetic, social and political contexts of music composition and performance, Emilie encourages meaningful and engaged musical performances in order to open up new possibilities in creative artistic practices.

Undertaking ground-breaking interdisciplinary research at the interface of historical enquiry, musicology, performance and intermedial/transmedial cultural studies, Emilie has published her research in peer-reviewed journals and books. One of her recent interdisciplinary and collaborative projects on hyper-production addressed issues in musical ontology by following a practice-centered research approach and by exploring creative contemporary interpretations and reconfigurations of historical musical texts, including works by Haydn, Schubert, Chopin, Franck, Debussy and Ravel. Through non-linear editing, 3D spatial staging, immersive audio experience, and digital signal processing, the interdisciplinary and collaborative research team produced technologically mediated performances for which they received funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is currently the recipient of a prestigious Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a project centering on the French-Corsican composer Henri Tomasi (1901-1971), exploring the construction of cultural identity, music and political engagement, issues in auto-/biographical writing, and an assessment of diversity, class, legacy and knowledge production in Western classical music. She is a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.