The Dutch pianist Martin Kaptein approaches music as a means of exploring the deepest questions of human existence. He was a student of Elena Golovinskaya, Michail Markov, Frank van de Laar and Vitaly Samoshko, who helped him to achieve a unique approach to sound.
As Martin finished his Bachelor and Master studies he discovered a deep connection between music and philosophy. After winning several international competitions, most notably the St. Cecilia Piano Competition (Portugal, 2015), Martin began to perform internationally. Martin often introduces his pieces with a brief explanation of their philosophical ideas, making them not only technical exercises but emotional and intellectual journeys.
Today, Martin continues to perform and explore the connections between music and philosophy: In the music of the composer Alexander Scriabin he found a unique match, and often makes Scriabin’s music the centerpiece of his performances. One of Martin’s projects that unites music and philosophy is the Scriabin Club, a place where conversations about art and life happen. In November 2022 Martin collaborated with the Scriabin Society of America in organization of a festival commemorating Scriabin’s 150th anniversary. In January 2023 the first Scriabin Club lecture was organized in the city of Bolzano, Italy.
Next to performing, Martin is also a music teacher and often finds himself giving lectures and presentations. He has also interest in a wide range of cultures and speaks many different languages. As if that was not enough Martin also is highly interested in Science and Technology.
Updated 29 Mar 2023