Esther Cook is a classically trained musician who enthusiastically experiences the simple joys of life and faith and desires to share that joy, hope, and wonder with every person she meets.
Fascinated by the myriad of possibilities for musical expression, Esther studied cello, piano, composition, and orchestral conducting in professional music conservatories in southern Spain for ten years. She moved to the United States in 2017 to complete a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with renowned cellist and teacher Amit Peled. Esther was inducted into the prestigious Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society in 2021.
Convinced of the rich benefits obtained by studying a variety of musical subjects in addition to performance, such as music theory, sight-singing, full-score study, conducting, and more, Esther is currently developing an advanced music program for high school and college-aged classical musicians that combines the rigorous training she received in Europe with cutting-edge research into performance psychology, character development, and one-on-one mentoring.
Now based in Colorado Springs, Esther is on the faculty of the Colorado Springs Conservatory, teaches a private studio of students (cello and piano), and is a guest teacher/conductor for string orchestra classes in local schools. Esther also performs regularly in chamber music concerts and often collaborates with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs.
When not teaching or performing, Esther enjoys learning new languages (German, Chinese, French, Polish, and Italian), spending time with friends and family, and serving in her local church.