As a music composer, it is my job is to take my ideas and make them greater. To create compositions and solutions that are greater than anything you’ve ever heard. I strive to keep classical music alive.
Maestro Ursula Caporali
MA in Piano; BA/MA in Composition (Italian Conservatorium of Music Milan/Florence)
PhD in Composition – under final examination 2014 University of Sydney.
- New Opera
- Children’s Opera
- Concept development
- Spatial Sound
- Creation of new musical devices
Music for Theatre & Images
- Musical Theatre
- Art direction
- Ballet Music
- Short Films
Ursula Caporali is an Italian composer living in Sydney. She obtained her MA degrees with highest distinction in both Piano – Florence Conservatorium 1995 – with Maestro Passaglia and Composition – Conservatorium of Milan 2005 and Florence 2008 – where she studied composition under Danieli, Gorli, Garuti, Rotondi and Cardi.
Composer / Pianist
Attending Master class and many competitions as both composer and pianist, performing and playing as soloist or in various ensembles in Italy and across Europe, Ursula’s repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music in which she has a special interest in promoting. Many of her piano students in Italy have entered various Conservatoria and now follow a professional career.
Actively composing for theatre, Ursula’s first ballet Paesaggi premiered in Fiesole Romanic theatre in 1997 commissioned by the Florence Dance Company, while for a satellite program she composed the opening music, Gerico 2000 published by ASI Italia.
Ursula is especially keen on opera for young performers and has written nine such works, with the most recently produced being The Young Boy Tut and The Rain Forest both performed by one hundred school students from both Prato and Florence in 2010-2011.
As a composer she has been successful in gaining many scholarships including the Polytechnic University of Milan 2001 and the Accademia Chigiana di Siena 2003. In 2006 she was selected for a special course on sound design organized by Tempo Reale founded by Luciano Berio in Florence. Ursula’s varied compositions are over 50 for soloists through to orchestra include Harp Etude (Finalist at Women Composer’s Competition), Geake und Fragmented (Piano), Dysnomia, Know the Unknown, Pax Tibulliana (Orchestra & Choir) and from 2006, with a growing interest in electronics, Implemented Mozart, and Blake’s Project. The Sydney Piano Concert that she performed at the Conservatorium of Florence Theatre in 2008 was highly acclaimed.
In 2007 Ursula visited Australia for the first time and fell in love with it. She moved to Sydney in 2009 to undertake a PhD in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Dr Smetanin.
She submitted her PhD in September 2013. For her PhD she was awarded an IPRS –IPA Scholarship from the Australian Government.
In 2011 she was also awarded the New Contemporary Classical Music Grant from the University of Sydney for her project “Six Artist Seeking for a Composer”.
Compositions written during this period include:
“Shabtis” for orchestra and gamelan, which was performed in 2010 by the Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra.
“Swirling Yellow” written in homage to the Higgs Boson discovery and performed by 16 players in 2012.
And a new lyric Opera “An Italian in Ethiopia” performed in 2013 also at the Sydney Conservatorium. The solo compositions Mutabor Semper for cello solo, and Uninterrupted Fantasy for piano performed in 2013 again at the Sydney Conservatorium.
Since 2011 Ursula has been teaching composition at the Sydney Conservatorium. Ursula is active both as a pianist and composer and she is now for 2014 working on her research, implementing existing projects and writing new compositions such as a Ballet, String Quartet and New Orchestral work.