Rob Kaptein graduated from the Royal Conservatory in 2014. He studied Choir conducting with Jos van Veldhoven and Jos Vermunt, and followed Orchestra Conducting with Kenneth Montgomery, Lucas Vis and Alex Schillings.
Rob has always dreamed of becoming a conductor. He began to realise his dream when he was 17: Mozart's Requiem and parts from his opera Cosí fan tutte with members of the NoordHollands JeugdOrkest. Since then he has conducted many choirs, orchestras and ensembles with great pleasure and success. With Delft Chamber Choir Delft Blue he performed in the supporting programme of the Nederlands Kamerkoor.
The Apeldoorn Youth Orchestra, the Netherlands Student Orchestra, the South Holland Symphony Orchestra and Arnhem Sinfonietta have also been introduced to his talent and boundless energy.
Entrepreneurial and versatile as he is, Kaptein already has a special track record. Even before his training as a conductor, Rob conducted the Johannes Passion, parts of the Mattheus Passion (J.S. Bach) and Beethoven's Fourth Symphony. In addition, Kaptein has performed: Requiem (Fauré), Mass in G (Schubert), Gloria (Vivaldi), Messiah and The Ways of Zion do Mourn (Handel), Requiem (Mozart) and Carmina Burana (Orff), Dumbarton Oaks (Strawinski), Saint Nicolas Cantata and Simple Symphony (Britten), First Symphony and Fifth Symphony (Beethoven), Missa in angustiis and Die Schöpfung (Haydn) and many works for choir a cappella.
His graduation work in February 2014 was a total experience around the oratorio "A Child of Our Time" by Michael Tippett (1905 - 1998): a timeless message about war, freedom, oppression and our responsibility as individuals within it.
Rob enjoys working with the Groningen Student Orchestra Mira. "A student orchestra changes casts every year, by new students, graduates, exchange students and so on. The trick is to forge a close-knit group in a short period of time, together making music from which the sparks sparkle. Mira has the potential to convincingly perform this challenging programme, full of intense emotions, harmony and sounds of nature. I am looking forward to it!", Captein said.