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Esther Visser musical director | baroque & classical violin
Esther Visser is a young professional violinist. Directly after gaining her Bachelor of Music Degree in the Netherlands she was invited to continue her studies with Vilmos Szabadi at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where she completed a three-year postgraduate program. Simultaneously, she followed a two-year program 'Formation Superieure' with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées in France. She was coached by the concertmaster of the orchestra, Alessandro Moccia, and performed at the 'Spotlight on Young Artists' concert series at the Festival de Saintes. In 2009 Esther completed her Master of Music Degree in baroque violin with Sigiswald Kuijken in Brussels.
Esther has acted as concertmaster with several orchestras and for two years she has acted as leader at the European Philharmonic Orchestra in Austria. She has also worked as a substitute at the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, Esther has played Dvorak Romance (Netherlands), Sibelius Concerto (Netherlands), Mozart Sinfonia Concertante (France), Beethoven Concerto (Finland), Vaughan-Williams The Lark Ascending (Netherlands) and Mozart Concerto no. 2 (Belgium). Esther has also collaborated on concerts and CD recordings with The Wallfisch Band, and she regularly performs with La Petite Bande. She has received prizes and study grants from the SNS REAAL Fonds, the Marti Keuning Eckhardt Stichting and the Ben Remkes Cultuurfonds.
In the summers of 2008, 2009 and 2010 Esther participated in the Aspen Music festival, USA.
Currently Esther is working on a PhD in the Arts at K.U. Leuven University (Belgium) doing practical artistic research on authentic performance practice of romantic repertoire. In 2011, she won the 'Prize of Excellence' from the Roger Dillemans Foundation Belgium for this research.