picture: Luke Howard
Born in Boom, Belgium
Lives & works in Antwerp, Belgium
Hester is a violinist, sounddesigner and social worker based in Antwerp.
At the age of 8, she took up the violin and started off with classical music. But the need for self-expression and being creative, drove her to explore other genres as well: folk and world music, jazz, electronic music and sound art. This gave her the opportunity to travel with her music projects to Senegal, India, Italy, Sweden, Spain,…
Everywhere she goes, she tries to collect sounds, rhythms and images. Her compositions are often inspired by her community projects in South-Africa (with Southern Wind and Stella Khumalo), Uganda (with Ethno Uganda and Breakdance Project Uganda), Congo-Kinshasa (with Beta Mbonda, Tshamala Mufubela and Alhime Eyenga),... and her work for Music Fund and the UN in Gaza.
Hester studied both classical music (the violin) at the conservatories of Antwerp and Ghent as well as sounddesign at the Film and Video evening school department of the Academy of Antwerp. Often, her work goes together with extra-musical elements. All her work being either live, improvised or composed and made for listening on headphones, multiple speakers or in concert venues.
Her work ‘the road illusion’ received an honorary mention in the Bozar competition about Pol Bury and became part of the Pol Bury exhibition in may 2017 and her sound installation/performance 'Epione' about ASMR sounds (created and performed with Ida Duelund aka Ole), had a try-out in september 2017 in the Rhythmic Music Conservatory of Copenhagen and premiered on the ICMC conference in Shanghai, October 2017.
As a musician, Hester performed on Dranouter festival; Ghent Jazz festival; Pukkelpop; Eurosonic;… and in venues like the Ancienne Belgique (Brussels), De Roma (Antwerp), De Centrale (Ghent), De Casino (St.-Niklaas) the BAT-centre (Durban, S-A), Dunkers Kulturhus (Helsinborg, Sweden),…
She recorded for Oaktree (PIAS), A/T/O/S/ (deep medi), Michiel Demalsche, Avondlicht (UnitDeltaPlus and Fog mountain), Oval Angle (LBAL017), Issa Sow (Homerecords), Bao Sissoko (Homerecords),...
Hester worked in social-artistic projects for HETPALEIS, De Ledebirds, Music Fund, Rocsa vzw, Artforum,... and is currently part of the empowerment team of De Munt / La Monnaie. She also coaches kindergarten teachers and elementary school teachers on how to implement music more in their daily activities.
After playing in the Oaktree Live band for 3 years, Hester is now focussing on her band MONOMONO (together with Anne Van de Star), and her solo project Hester-1.
Collaborations as a maker
Geran Knol (Oval Angle)
Anne van de Star
Ida Duelund Hansen (Ole)
Thuryia (duo met Sara Salvérius)
Transpiradansa! o.l.v. Wouter Vandenabeele
Issa Sow et les violons
St. Francis (Michaël Lamiroy)