This season, Esther gives her London concerto debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Lorin Maazel – having previously joined the orchestra and conductor for a 2012 tour to China and Korea. She will also record violin concertos by Glazunov and Sibelius with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Born in the United States, Esther began playing the violin at the age of 4 and has been living in Belgium since she was 6 years old. Since making her concerto debut at the age of 8, Esther has performed with many international orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent and upcoming concerto performances include return appearances with the Czech Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Sinfonia Varsovia as well as debuts with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Warsaw Philharmonic, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Het Gelders Orkest, BBC Scottish Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Queensland Symphony orchestras and the Orchestre National de Belgique.
Esther has also appeared as soloist on tour with several youth orchestras including the Netherlands National Student Orchestra, conducted by Ivan Meyelmans, in the Netherlands and Croatia in February 2013; and with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, conducted by Christopher Seaman, in Scotland and England in July 2013.
Esther’s recent recitals include appearances at the Flâneries Musicales de Reims (France), and in concerts throughout Belgium, The Netherlands and Qatar. Her festival appearances to date include the Seoul International Music Festival performing the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Maxim Vengerov, the Rising Stars Series at the Frankische Music Festival (Germany), the Rising Star Series for Exceptionally Gifted Korean Musicians Living Abroad (Korea), the Rising Star Series of Arpeggione Music Festival (Austria) and the Kamermuziek Houtland Festival (Belgium). During Summer 2013 Esther made her first appearance at the Festival du Château de Chambord in France and she also appeared in the 2013 Dvořák Prague Festival Debut Series.
Esther was awarded First Prize at the 10th International Wieniawski Violin Competition for Young Violinists (Junior section, 2006), European Union Award for Music Art for Youth (2006), Second Prize at the International Violin Competition “Andrea Postacchini” (2003), First Prize at the New York Music Competition (2000) and First Prize at the New Jersey Music Competition (1999).
In addition to her traditional schooling, Esther has studied at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in the Artist Diploma Programme and, since October 2012, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, in the Excellence Bachelor Programme.