Esther Hoppe has built a name for herself as a soloist and a chamber musician, with a reputation as a stylistically accomplished and versatile violinist whose stupendous technique serves the purest interest of music making. She has been praised for her richly coloured and touching playing and unfailingly good taste.
After winning the 8th International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 2002, she founded the Tecchler Trio, with whom she engaged in an intensive programme of concerts between 2003 and 2011. The trio won several first prizes in important competitions, including the 2004 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition), the 2005 Migros Competition in Switzerland, and the 2007 International ARD Competition in Munich. From 2009 till 2013, Esther Hoppe was also the concertmistress of the highly acclaimed Munich Chamber Orchestra, whom she directed regularly without a conductor. Since the break-up of the trio she has resumed and expanded her solo career. In March 2013, she also became professor of violin at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.
Esther Hoppe leads an exciting concert calendar, following invitations to festivals such as Luzern, Gstaad, Delft, Prussia Cove, Styriarte and Lockenhaus. She has toured extensively all over Europe and in the US, Japan and India, including performances in Wigmore Hall in London, the Grand Hall of Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Hercules Hall in Munich, the Grand Hall in the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Vienna Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Dortmund and many more. Her chamber music partners include, among others, Clemens Hagen, Veronika Hagen, Nicolas Altstaedt, Alexander Lonquich, José Gallardo, Reto Bieri, Claudio Bohorquez, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Mirijam Contzen, Sol Gabetta, Heinz Holliger, Johannes Moser, and Emmanuel Pahud.
Soon her latest CD will be released, which will include Mozart sonatas and Stravinsky’s Divertimento, with Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson. She has also recorded CDs for Virgin Classics, Neos, Concentus Records, and Ars Musici.
Esther Hoppe plays a 1690 Gioffredo Cappa violin. She lives in Winterthur, Switzerland and has a son.