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Kapten Trio

Kapten Trio

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Trio - Piano Trio


  • Kristi Kapten - Piano
  • Rachel Spencer - Violin
  • Duncan Strachan - Cello


Equally at home performing Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st Century works, the Kapten Trio puts great emphasis on thought-provoking programming. From Haydn and Mozart, to Beethoven and Brahms; Rachmaninov and Shostakovich to Schnittke, the Kapten Trio seeks to present insightful selections from the extensive and magnificent piano trio repertoire. During their role as CMS Residency Ensemble, the Kapten Trio commissioned two new works by Scotland-based composers Emily Doolittle and Shiori Usui which were premiered at Sound Festival in 2019 and have since been performed to great acclaim throughout the UK.


CMS Residency Ensemble from 2017-2019, the Kapten Trio is made up of three outstanding graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The trio formed in 2011 whilst students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where they were chosen as Young Artists in Residence, and have since gone on to develop a reputation as one of the top piano trios in the country, known for their passionate performances across the UK and further afield.

Kristi Kapten is a prize-winning Estonian pianist. She received her Bachelor's Degree in 2010 from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT), before attending the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying with Fali Pavri, receiving prizes in several prestigious competitions and graduating with Distinction. In 2011, Kristi won 1st prize in the II Tallinn International Piano Competition. In 2017 she obtained a doctorate at the EAMT.

Violinist Rachel Spencer enjoys a wide-ranging career as a chamber musician and member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Originally from Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, she studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Peter Lissauer and James Clark, and subsequently at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Alexander Janiczek, graduating with Distinction and a diploma for outstanding performance. Rachel is first violinist with the Roxburgh Quartet and performs regularly with groups such as Red Note Ensemble and at chamber music festivals across the UK. Passionate about education, Rachel has led outreach projects across the UK, Denmark and the Middle East with Live Music Now.

Cellist Duncan Strachan was brought up in the west highlands of Scotland and read music at St Catherine's College, Oxford where he graduated with a Double First Class Honours. He then went on to study for a Masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Robert Irvine. Duncan is cellist in the Maxwell Quartet, and artistic director at the Loch Shiel Spring Festival.