Classical guitarist Esther Steenbergen is internationally renowned both as soloist and ensemble player and is recognized for her fresh approach to the repertoire. She works as a soloist, in ensembles and as an accompanist of singers and instrumentalists. Occasionally she takes part in theater productions. She works on a regular base with baritone Maarten Koningsberger, violinist Theodora Geraets and mezzo soprano Tania Kross. She forms a trio with bass player Eric Calmes and percussionist Enrique Firpi, crossing the classical repertoire with Latin jazz and folklore.
Esther Steenbergen studied musicology at the University of Utrecht and classical guitar with Hubert Käppel at the Musikhochschule in Cologne (Germany). She took lessons with the Czech guitarist Pavel Steidl and participated in master classes with Manuel Barrueco and Leo Brouwer from Cuba. While still a student, she won the first prize at the International Music Competition Maria Canals in Barcelona (Spain).
Esther Steenbergen is a guitarist with a broad interest. Besides playing the guitar she is the organizer of the Meesters op de Gitaar series in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and an active blogger, writing about art policy, on stage-back stage and daily life. Esther plays an instrument made by her husband, the well-known luthier, Otto Vowinkel from Amsterdam.