Augustina Kapoti

Conductor

Ms Kapoti has been an inspiration. She performs with grace, intensity and a wonderful amount of concentration. She is keen on assimilating ideas, inspecting information and weaving into her own interpretation. Augustina is always a positive force in interpreting the most taxing and demanding orchestral literature as well as the more classical works.
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Jeffrey Milarsky
Conducting Faculty, The Juilliard School and Columbia University, New York USA

Augustina Kapoti

Conductor

Augustina Kapoti

Conductor

Augustina Kapoti is a London based freelance conductor, currently moved to Houston US to pursue her Doctorate DMA in Orchestral Conducting awarded Fellowship, Teaching Assistantship and a full scholarship at the University of Houston with Prof. F.Krager and Dr R.Smith. She has worked with orchestras and choirs (choral symphonic and operatic) internationally, in Boston, Graz, Berlin, Athens, Birmingham, Scotland, London and New York, where she was assistant conductor to Jeffrey Milarsky (Columbia University, Juilliard).

Augustina’s 2022-2023 season has included her debut with the Southbank Sinfonia in London UK performing a world premiere by composer Stephen Montague at St. John’s Smith Square. Ms Kapoti has been collaborating with Simon Halsey CBE invited by the later as a guest conductor to assist with his international projects among others at: the Royal Albert Hall- BBC Proms London, Berlin Philharmonie, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra-Chorus, the London Symphony Orchestra-Chorus UK and the Palau de la Música Catalan in Barcelona, Spain.  

She has also worked closely with the Presteigne Festival (est.1983) in Wales UK for contemporary orchestral recordings and as a guest conductor with the Mount Holyoke College Orchestra in Massachusetts US.

As a guest lecturer, Ms Kapoti has been invited by Dr Michael Beckerman, Chairman of the Music Department at New York University US to give a series of lectures on “Conducting and Performance Practice” at New York University in Manhattan. Similar collaborations include series of lectures and masterclasses Ms Kapoti gives at Berklee College of Music in Boston and at the International Portoheli Festival, Greece (est.1988) where she was invited by Dr G. Zamparas to devise and teach the annual Orchestral Conducting Masterclass.

Augustina was awarded special commendations at the International Orchestral Conducting Competition in Graz, Austria, The Conductors Institute in New York USA. She studied Composition with G. Tsontakis, Dr P.Liaropoulos, J. Tower, and her compositions were performed by the “Da Capo Chamber Players” in New York US. 

Ms Kapoti holds two Master Degrees in Conducting with full scholarship from Bard Conservatory New York US with late H. Faberman and Dr J. Bagwell and a second Master Degree in Conducting at the University of Birmingham UK with S. Halsey CBE. Augustina has been invited by S.Edwards, C.Metters, J.Schlaefli, P.Murphy, J.P.Saraste, K.Kiesler to be part of their international orchestral conducting masterclasses under the auspices of organisations such as the Royal Academy of Music London UK, University of St Andrews and the Royal Philharmonic Society.

 

Testimonial

Augustina Kapoti is that rare talent who combines action and reflection in perfect balance. A deeply thoughtful musician who studies and prepares scores in the greatest detail, she is also an inspirational figure on the podium who breaths extraordinary life into all the compositions she touches. She is simultaneously rock solid and lighter than air, and one can tell that the musicians she works with recognize this special talent. Her knowledge of various repertoires is vast, and she is always eager to learn new compositions and approaches. To be able to cultivate objective distance even while one is in the throes of engaged passion is the mark of a great musician and this is certainly true of Augustina Kapoti.
I have also been deeply impressed by the variety of ensembles and musicians she engages with, from amateur groups to the most professional. And in all of these she brings her signature combination of enthusiasm, planning, skill and power. She is a force to be reckoned with and is a conductor with a marvelous future.

Dr Michael Beckerman
Chair of the Department of Music at New York University, New York- USA
Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music
Collegiate Professor of Music