Italian cellist and composer Andrea Caporale may have been born in Naples in about 1700. Little is known about his life until he went to live in England in approximately 1733, where he was principal cellist in Georg Frideric Handel's orchestra for about twelve years.
He was variously also known as André, Francisco or Francis. He probably played a five-string cello and was widely admired for his rich, sweet tone, although not for his technical skills. Only a few of his compositions have survived.
Caporale died in London on 15 April 1746.