Biography


The virtuosity that emerges from Ester Pineda on stage is intimately linked to the depth of her musical expression. From the very first notes, she becomes at one with a public charmed by the finesse of her interpretation and her masterful playing. (André Pereygne - Nice Matin)

Ester Pineda first came to international notice when she was chosen to represent her country at the UNESCO in Paris on the occasion of the General Conference in 1991. Since then, Ester has given recitals at major venues in Britain (Wigmore Hall), Spain (Fondation March, International Festival of Torroella de Montgrí, Vinas Festival, etc.) France (Théâtre du Châtelet, Festival Chopin, Invalides, Festival d’Hiver du Château du Grand Jardin, Festival d’Annecy, Aix-les-Bains, Chambéry, Nice, etc.), Belgium, Latin America, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovakia and The Czech Republic.

Born in Sabadell (Spain) she began her formal musical education at the "Liceu" High Conservatory of Music of Barcelona, where she studied piano with Professor Pere Vallribera, obtaining the highest possible qualifications. She graduated with honours from the "Liceu" High Conservatory, and obtained her degree as professor of guitar, musical theory, transposition and accompaniment. She was unanimously awarded First Prize as outstanding professor of piano. Later, she completes her musical education studying with Eliane Richepin, Marie-Françoise Bucquet and Claude Ballif in Paris, where she lives since 1989. Holder of the CA diploma, she teaches at the Parisian municipal conservatoire Jean-Philippe Rameau since 2004. She is currently involved in research in the frame of a PhD in music cognition and piano performance.

Even if the repertoire of the late nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century occupies a major place in her career, she has kept her attachment to the Spanish repertoire that she defends with special dedication. Her first four releases for Mandala (Harmonia Mundi) pay tribute to this fidelity and all of them have received critical acclaim. In chamber music she has collaborated with Clara Bonaldi (violin) for the recording of Spanish composer Antonio Ruiz-Pipó and Turina’s complete works for violin and piano.

In 2011, the Swiss label Vde-Gallo publishes a CD devoted to Frederic Chopin and Enrique Granados works. Her second album with the Vde-Gallo presents one of her favourite composers, the Catalonian Frederic Mompou. In this recording, the pianist renders a passionate and generous portrait that perfectly suits her personality. She has also broadcasted in France for Radio France International, in Spain for Radio 4 and Catalunya Musica and for Classic FM in the UK.She has also broadcasted in France for Radio France International, in Spain for Radio 4 and Catalunya Musica and for Classic FM in the UK.