Toomas Kapten is a leading Estonian conductor and
professor of conducting in Estonian Academy of Music and
He got his musical education from Tallinn Music Highschool
(conducting and composing). After that he studied at the
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (orchestral and choral
conducting by prof. Roman Matsov and Kuno Aren) and at the
Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory (opera and
orchestral conducting by prof. Alexander Dmitrijev, choral
conducting by prof. Jelizaveta Kudrjavtseva).
Through 1983-1987 he was
a principal conductor of Vanemuine Theater (Tartu, Estonia)
and received Estonian Theatre award in the category of Best
In the years 1987-1995 Kapten was a principal
conductor of Estonian Radio Choir.
At the year 1987 Kapten founded the Symphony Orchestra of
Tallinn Music Highschool and Sinfonietta Orchestra called
Tallinn Youth Philharmonics which won twice the European Youth
Orchestras Competition at Neerpelt, Belgium. With that orchestra
he has performed more than 100 new works of Estonian composers:
Tüür, Pärt, Rääts, Tormis, Sisask, Kangro, Sumera etc.
1987-1994 Kapten was a teacher of conducting
and principal conductor of the Opera Studio of Estonian Academy
of Music and Theatre (EAMT). Since 1988 he has held
masterclasses in various music academies: Stockholm, Gothenburg,
Strasbourg, Bremen, Prague, Hannover.
At 1993 Toomas Kapten received Estonian Musician of the Year
Since 1991 Kapten has been an artistic
director of oratorio music projects in South Karelia and artistic
director and principal conductor of South Karelian Classical
In the years 1994-2004 Kapten was an associate professor, since
2004 a professor, and Head of the Conducting Department of EAMT.
Since 1996 he has been a principal guest conductor of
Bergslagens Kammarsymfoniker and Orkestern Filialen Stockholm.
Among others he has conducted Estonian National Symphony
Orchestra, Estonian National Opera, Chinese National Symphony
Orchestra, Pilsen Radio Philharmonics and several other
orchestras and vocal groups.
During his professional career Toomas Kapten has recorded 136
hours of music for Estonian Radio and 22 CD´s of symphonic
Toomas Kapten has been a regular jury member of various
international choir and conducting competitions in Porto,
Helsinki, Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn.