The cello has been a central part of Esther’s life from the time she was an 8-year old girl growing up in South Korea. Recently, she was invited to perform as a soloist with the Orange County Symphony in Anaheim (June 2012) and she has been scheduled to perform with them again in the near future. In 2010, Esther made her solo debut with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, having won the highly competitive Concerto Competition held by the University of Redlands School of Music. She has won numerous awards, including Grand Prize in the Music Associates Competition at the California State University, Fullerton, which led to a soloist performance with the California State University Fullerton (CSUF) Orchestra (2006). At the age of 11, Esther left her home country of South Korea for Germany to study cello at Frankfurt University. She came to the United States years later and received her Bachelor of Music at CSUF and then she earned her Master’s degree in Cello Performance at the University of Redlands. She was recently invited to play as Principal Cellist for the La Mirada Symphony, and has played for the Torrance Symphony. In 2009, Esther won a position as Cellist with the San Bernardino Symphony. Currently, Esther serves as Principal Cellist for the Orange County Symphony and is a member of the San Bernardino Symphony, and often freelances. She has received invitations to perform at Carnegie Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. Esther teaches at her studio in Orange County and serves as director of the Orange County Cello Ensemble. She lives with her husband and son (10 months old) in Brea, and enjoys spending time with her family, bible study, and meeting with friends.