Our Ensemble in Residence programme is for emerging, Scotland-based chamber ensembles who have a strong commitment to chamber music, lifelong learning, and the desire to experiment and explore. This two-year professional development programme provides the opportunity for the successful ensemble to perform, collaborate, and develop as a group, whilst receiving professional support from EMS.

Ensemble in Residence 2019-21

We are delighted to announce that our 2019-21 Ensemble in Residence is GAIA.


GAIA, a new cello and violin duo comprised of violinist Katrina Lee and cellist Alice Allen, will work with us over the next two years through our Ensemble in Residence programme, receiving two Scottish concert tours, artists' residencies, specialist coaching, commissions, developmental support, and the opportunity to create and deliver their own learning project. They will also work closely with our new Artist in Residence, Kim Moore.

"We are absolutely delighted to have been given this wonderful opportunity! The Ensemble in Residence programme is a valuable platform which will allow us to develop not only as an ensemble, but also creatively and artistically during this two year period. One of our chosen subjects is to champion more works by female composers throughout history as well as collaborating with female composers of the present. Not only does this topic inspire our ensemble's creativity, but it is something that audiences of mainstream classical music aren't often exposed to. We hope that by highlighting music that has been forgotten because of gender, we can influence the listening and programming of classical music concerts to a much wider audience."

Residency Ensemble 2017-19

The EMS Residency Project Ensemble 2017-19 is The Kapten Trio.

This outstanding young piano trio will receive specialist coaching, touring opportunities, residencies, development support and a new commissioned work over the two-year development programme.


"We are thrilled to have been selected as EMS Residency Project Ensemble 2017-19. The project will offer us the opportunity to develop in so many different areas, allowing us the time and space to explore the piano trio repertoire in great depth, to develop newprogrammes and ideas, and to learn new ways of working as an ensemble both musically and professionally, thanks to the wealth ofexpertise associated with EMS. We hope that by the end of our residency we will have made huge leaps forward as an ensemble and can’t wait to get started!" Kapten Trio

The Kapten Trio is made up of three outstanding graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and Oxford University. The trio formed in 2011 whilst students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where they were chose as Young Artists in Residence. They have since gone on to develop a reputation as one of the top piano trios in the country, known for their energetic, passionate and exciting performances across the UK and further afield.

To find out more bout this fantastic trio, check out our blog.