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Esther Steenbergen is internationally recognized for her fresh approach to the repertoire. Renowned as a soloist, ensemble player and accompanist of singers and instrumentalists, she works with musicians and artists from numerous styles and disciplines. Occasionally she takes part in theater productions. With her own trio she happily crosses the classical repertoire with Latin, jazz and folklore. As a member of the highly acclaimed Amsterdam Guitar Trio and accompanist of the well known bass-baritone Maarten Koninsgberger, she traveled the world and performed all over Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Esther Steenbergen has a broad interest. She initiated four music theatre productions as well as a monthly talk show for, with and about musicians. Since 1998 she is the organizer of Meesters op de Gitaar, the international guitar series in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (the Netherlands).
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).