Biography

standing with celloEmma Capp began playing the cello at the age of seven and enjoyed her early days as a young musician in the Hampshire County Music Service.  In 1992 Emma began studying the cello privately with teacher Michael Mace in Southampton and was awarded prizes for performances in competitions and music festivals for young musicians within Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton.

In 1996 she began a specialist music course at the South Downs College in Hampshire which whilst also completing A-level studies enabled her to study the cello in London with cello Professor Amanda Truelove from the Royal College of Music.  During this time Emma found great enjoyment from chamber music and took part in the Cambridge String Quartet Symposium and performed in a string orchestra under the baton of Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

Emma decided to continue her musical studies and moved to Birmingham for undergraduate studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Andrew Fuller.  During her undergraduate years Emma’s passion for teaching was founded and alongside her performance studies wrote a dissertation on a multiple intelligence approach to instrumental teaching and achieved a diploma of cello teaching from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. On completing and receiving a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours, Emma remained at the Conservatoire to study with Ulrich Heinen for a Masters Degree in Musical Performance.

During her studies Emma was fortunate to perform regularly in master classes with several distinguished cellists and international soloists such as Alexander Baille, Rapael Wallfish, Steve Doane, Natalie Clien, and David Waterman.

Emma has been a member of the critically acclaimed Nero string quartet since 2001.  In 2003 they were awarded first prize in the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Competition and the Derek Young memorial Award. In 2005 the group appeared as soloists with orchestra and were featured in The Strad magazine.  In 2007 the quartet were awarded the Elgar Prize from the Elgar Society in conjunction with BBC Radio 3 for outstanding performance.

As a professional Emma has proven to be versatile musician and has enjoyed a varied career.  Emma has worked with professional orchestras in the UK and abroad has performed in many great concert halls all over the world. Emma has given many international chamber recitals and has also travelled extensively performing classical recitals on cruise ships.

Emma has performed and recorded for stage and screen including onstage performing roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC TV and Radio, ITV, E4 and Film4.

blurred picEmma has held a teaching post with the Junior Department of the Birmingham Conservatoire since 2004.   In 2005 Emma began training with the British Suzuki Institute to become a qualified teacher of the method. Emma also teaches privately from her studio at home.  Emma has had pupils gain places in the National Childrens Orchestra, Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra the Purcell School along with Music Colleges and University for advanced study.

Emma is a member of the European String Teachers Association, The British Suzuki Institute, and the Musicians Union.