Published: 21/01/2016 10:22 - Updated: 21/01/2016 14:47

Triple delight from a classical combination

The Kapten Trio, Duncan Strachan, Rachel Spencer and Kristi Kapten.
The Kapten Trio, Duncan Strachan, Rachel Spencer and Kristi Kapten.

COMBINING talents from Estonia, Yorkshire and the Highlands, the Kapten Trio will perform for Inverness Chamber Music Society in their temporary home at Smithton-Culloden Free Church on Friday January 23.

Pianist Kristi Kapten, a former student of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and winner of the Tallinn International Piano Competition, met violinist Rachel Spencer from Holmfirth in Yorkshire, and cellist Duncan Strachan, who was brought up in Lochaber and is a graduate of St Catherine’s College in Oxford, when all three were studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS).

The Trio formed in 2011 and were chosen as Young Artists in Residence at the RCS where they received coaching from Susan Tomes of the Florestan Trio and violinists Ilya Gringolts and Harald Herzl amongst others.

Known for their energetic, passionate and exciting performances across the UK and further afield, all three have played in Inverness before in various formats, including as the Kapten Trio for At One With Music’s lunchtime programme in September 2012.

For this appearance they have put together a mixed programme which begins with Mozart’s Piano Trio in G, K564 and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor in the first half.

Following the break the concert will continue with the Mozart-Adagio by Kapten’s compatriot, composer Arvo Pärt, who holds record as the world’s most performed contemporary classical composer, before bringing their concert to a finale with Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No 1 in D minor, Op 49.

Tickets can be booked online at or they can be bought at the door on the night from 7pm. Alternatively tickets can be bought in advance through Eden Court box office.

On Sunday, Music Nairn will host this month’s guest performer, pianist Pascal Rogé, at the town’s Community and Arts Centre.

Born in Paris, Rogé studied at the Paris Conservatoire and was also mentored by American pianist Julius Katchen and French composer, conductor and teacher Nadia Boulanger. Winner of the Georges Enesco Piano Competition and first prize in the Marguerite Long Piano Competition, he became an exclusive Decca recording artist at the age of 17.

Pascal Rogé’s programme for Music Nairn features piano works by Satie, Ravel, Poulenc and Debussy and begins at 7.30pm. Tickets can be bought on line at or from Nairn Community and Arts Centre on 01667 453476 or on the door on the night.

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