Esther Sanders is an active performer and teacher currently living in Austin, Texas. She was appointed Principal Second Violin of Austin Lyric Opera in 2013 and joined the First Violin section of the Austin Symphony in 2015.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Esther has performed as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony and Petersburg Symphony. She has also given chamber music performances in Vienna and southern France as part of the Aix Festival.
She received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Vanderbilt University while studying with Christian Teal. While in Nashville, she performed with the Nashville Symphony and Chattanooga Symphony, taught at Belmont University’s Belmont Academy, and was an active studio musician playing on several soundtracks for Sony Playstation, Sega, and Warner Brothers. She has performed with Michael Buble, Trans-Siberian Orchesta, and Michael W. Smith.
Esther received a Master’s degree in violin performance from UT Austin where she studied with Sandy Yamamoto. She also worked with the Miro Quartet, David Kim, and Menahem Pressler.
An avid teacher of all ages and levels, she currently has a private violin studio of over twenty students. She is on faculty at Austin Chamber Music Center, and leads sectionals at several high schools. Her students have participated in Region orchestras, Austin Youth Orchestra, and State and Region UIL solo and ensemble.