About Esther


Who is Esther Visser?

Esther Visser is a Dutch violinist, specialized in historically informed performance practice. 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 in Budapest, where she completed a 3 year Postgraduate program. Simultaneously, she followed a 2 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 of the Festival de Saintes. She subsequently gained her Master of Music degree for baroque violin with Sigiswald Kuijken in Brussels. 

Esther acted as a concertmaster at several orchestras and during two years she was leader in the European Philharmonic Orchestra. With modern violin she worked as a substitute a.o. at the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. Esther performed as a soloist with orchestras in The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Finland. As a baroque violinist she collaborates in concerts and CD recordings a.o. with La Petite Bande, Collegium Musicum, Concerto d’ Amsterdam, Musica Aeterna and the Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen.

Esther Visser is a Dutch violinist, specialized in historically informed performance practice. 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 in Budapest, where she completed a 3 year Postgraduate program. Simultaneously, she followed a 2 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 of the Festival de Saintes. She subsequently gained her Master of Music degree for baroque violin with Sigiswald Kuijken in Brussels. 

Esther acted as a concertmaster at several orchestras and during two years she was leader in the European Philharmonic Orchestra. With modern violin she worked as a substitute a.o. at the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. Esther performed as a soloist with orchestras in The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Finland. As a baroque violinist she collaborates in concerts and CD recordings a.o. with La Petite Bande, Collegium Musicum, Concerto d’ Amsterdam, Florilegium Musicum, Musica Aeterna, and the Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen.

Classical and Romantic repertoire

Esther is founder and artistic leader of ensemble La Chambre du Roi, winning the title ‘Promising Ensemble’ at the International Young Artist Presentation in Antwerp. She received prizes and study grants from the SNS REAAL Fonds, the Marti Keuning Eckhardt Stichting and the Ben Remkes Cultuurfonds. During 3 summers she participated at the Aspen Music festival, USA. Esther did practical artistic research on authentic performance practice of Romantic repertoire at Leuven University, winning the ‘Excellence Prize’ from the Roger Dillemans Foundation Belgium for this research.

Work

Since 2013 Esther works as a guest lecturer at Codarts, Rotterdam Conservatory, as a specialist in historically informed performance practice, coaching Mmus students. Since 2017 Esther also works as a guest lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Esther is running a successful Alexander Technique practice in Haarlem (NL) specialized in musicians. Since 2019 Esther is doing PhD research through the Canterbury Christ Church University (UK), researching the way how violinists supported their violin between 1790-1830 and the implications of that on performance practice and health.

Academic CV:

Research interests

Music, historical performance practise, music and health, Alexander Technique

Education and qualifications

2004 Bachelor in Music, violin, Utrecht Conservatoire, The Netherlands

2005 Bachelor in Chamber Music, Fontys Conservatoire, The Netherlands

2007 Diplome Formation Superieur, 2-year specialisation authentic performance practise

Classical and Romantic repertoire, France

2008 Postgrad Diplom, violin, Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary

2009 Master in Music, baroque violin, Brussels Conservatoire, Belgium

Professional appointments / Employment

2013 – now

Guest lecturer and coach master research, Codarts conservatoire, The

Netherlands

2017 – now

Guest lecturer and coach master research, Royal Conservatoire The Hague,

The Netherlands

2020 – now

Guest lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK

Publications

2012 Article published in the ‘Adem’ magazine of Lemmens Institute, Belgium, on the

Violin Schule of Louis Spohr, my research about his development of the chin rest and the

musical implications of that.

2015 Article published in the ‘Guide for informed performance practice’ for the MMus

students at Codarts Conservatoire, The Netherlands, on vibrato in the Classical era

2017 Article published in the ‘Guide for informed performance practice’ for the MMus

students at Codarts Conservatoire, The Netherlands, on vibrato in the Romantic era

Awards

2013 Received the Prize of Excellence from the Roger Dillemans Foundation from

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, for research on performance practise in the

Romantic era.

Grants, Fellowships

2019 Received a 3-year full-time scholarship to perform PhD research on performance

practice in late classical era from Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury,

UK

Talks / Presentations

2013, 2015 Guest lectures on the topics like Leopold Mozarts Violin Schule, Codarts

Conservatoire, The Netherlands

2017 Guest lecture on the use of vibrato in the Romantic era, Beethoven Festival The

Hague, The Netherlands

2022 Paper presented on violin / viola support in the 18th and 19th century

and served as a chair in a session on ‘Music and the Body’, at Royal Music Association (RMA) Research Students’

Conference, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Teaching experience

Supervised Master students in music at 2 conservatoires on their master researches, been in

juries and exams for Master Degree exams.

• Professional skills

Certified Alexander Technique teacher

Certified Shaw Method teacher

Languages: Dutch, German, English, French

• References

Supervisor in Canterbury: Robert Rawson