Esther Visser is a young professional violinist. Directly after obtaining 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 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 of the Festival de Saintes. In 2009 she subsequently obtained 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 in Austria. She worked as a substitute at the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist she played Dvorak Romance (Netherlands), Sibelius Concerto (Netherlands), Mozart Sinfonia Concertante (in France), Beethoven Concerto (in Finland), Williams The Lark Ascending (Netherlands) and Mozart Concerto no. 2 (in Belgium). She collaborated in concerts and CD recordings with The Wallfisch Band, an international baroque orchestra led by Elizabeth Wallfisch, and she plays with La Petite Bande. Esther 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 at the Aspen Music festival, USA. Currently she 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 (Schumann, Brahms). In May 2010, Esther won the ‘Prize of Excellence’ from the Roger Dillemans Foundation Belgium for this research.