Hester Groenleer (*1980) studied recorder at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Paul Leenhouts. She obtained both her Bachelor and Master degree cum laude and became an innovative and diverse performer, focusing on modern improvisation, contemporary chamber music and renaissance consort repertoire. As a solo improviser, Hester was awarded a top-talent scholarship for young talented musicians initiated by the Dutch government to study at the contemporary improvisation department of the New England Conservatory in America.
Besides her participation in The Royal Wind Music and recorder quintet Seldom Sene, she co-founded Trio Tritone, an ensemble focusing on contemporary chamber music, and she also performs regularly with keyboard player Matthias Havinga. Trio Tritone premiered contemporary works especially written for them. Hester performs intensively at concert venues including the International Improvisation Research Symposium in Amsterdam and the Boston Early Music Festival (USA). She was awarded several prizes in a number of competitions including the Noorderkerkprize at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Vriendenkranscompetition and the first prize at the 'Concours International d'Ensembles de flûte à bec' in Le Mans with Seldom Sene. The same quintet received the Prix d'Interpretation (by unanimous vote of the five jurymembers) at the prestigious International Chambermusic Competition in Illzach (FR) in 2011. A highlight of her career was an appearance on national television during the christening of Dutch Royal Princess Ariane in front of the Royal family and government. Hester received an instrument subsidy from the Prins Bernhard Cultural Foundation.
At present she is employed as music-educator at the educational section of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In addition, Hester’s educational activities include lectures and workshops at meetings of the European Recorder Teachers Association and improvisation symposia.
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