Beeding and Surrounding Areas
MMus (Distinction) GSMD, BMus (Hons) RNCM, Grade 8 Viola (Dist)
Emily Hester studied viola and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and completed her studies at Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen and Hochschule für Künste in Bremen where her principal teachers were Mark Knight, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Esther van Stralen. She has performed extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician in festivals and concerts throughout Europe and as a concerto soloist with amateur orchestras across the UK. As an orchestral musician she has performed with symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain and Germany including Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and Stadtorchester Hagen. Open to all genres of music, she has performed alongside artists including Boy George, Mica Paris and Dominic Horowitz. Now establishing herself as a chamber musician and educator, she is responsible for the education of more than 30 young string players. She has performed at festivals and given numerous concerts with the Chagall Piano Quartet since founding the ensemble in 2011 and has reached the final of international chamber music competitions with them, including the St Martin-in-the-Fields competition and the Johannes Brahms competition in Gdansk. The quartet are beginning a project of recording unrecorded British chamber music for MPR and have recently been accepted onto the Chamberstudio programme at Kings Place, an elite mentorship for chamber music ensembles.