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Kristi Kapten

Kristi Kapten

Like a cascading waterfall over the full compass of the piano, Kristi Kapten released all her powers and virtuosity to bring about a glittering end to the concert.

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Instrumentation

  • Kristi Kapten - Piano

Repertoire

F. Liszt - Spanish Rhapsody S. 254

S. Rachmaninov - 10 Preludes Op. 23; Variations on a theme of Corelli Op. 42

L. van Beethoven - Sonata in E flat major Op. 81a "Les Adieux"

F. Poulenc - "Les Soirees de Nazelles"

M. Ravel - "Valses nobles et sentimentales"

S. Prokofiev - Sonata No. 3 in A minor Op. 28; "Tales of an Old Grandmother" Op. 31

A. Ginastera - Argentinian Dances Op. 2

Biography

Kristi Kapten is a prize-winning pianist from Estonia. Best known around Scotland for her role as the pianist of Kapten Trio, EMS's recent ensemble in residence, she has maintained a close connection with Scottish audiences since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2012. Currently based in her hometown Tallinn, Kristi is an outstanding figure in Estonia's musical scene, regularly performing in important concert halls and festivals. As a soloist she has given concerto performances and recitals in many countries, including Finland, Sweden, England, Italy and China.

Kristi Kapten is the winner of the 2nd Tallinn International Piano Competition (2011). During her studies at the RCS, under the tutelage of Prof.Fali Pavri, Kristi won prizes in several competitions (Walcer Prize, Jock Holden Memorial Prize for Mozart, Bamber/Galloway), and finished her Masters degree with a Distinction in 2012. She went on to pursue a phD in performance-based research at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, studying piano with Prof. Peep Lassmann. She completed her degree successfully in 2017 and now teaches Vocal Chamber Music and Accompaniment at the Academy. In recent years Kristi has received valuable tuition and inspiration from frequent masterclasses with Stefan Arnold, one of Vienna's most well-loved piano professors.

Kristi's doctoral thesis and lecture-recitals exploring performance issues in György Ligeti's Piano Etudes have brought her many accolades. In 2017 Kristi was invited to perform in the International György Ligeti Symposium in Helsinki. Such complex and rarely-played masterpieces can often be found alongside cherished classics in Kristi's wide-ranging repertoire, with her personal favourites usually originating from the late 19th and multifaceted first half of the 20th century. On stage Kristi Kapten is a captivating artist, creating memorable performances and often earning praise for her remarkable energy, sincerity of expression and unique sound.

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