Hester Groenleer (*1980) studied recorder at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Paul Leenhouts. She obtained both her Bachelor and Master degree cum laude and became an innovative and diverse performer, focusing on modern improvisation, contemporary chamber music and renaissance consort repertoire.
Besides her participation in The Royal Wind Music and recorder quintet Seldom Sene, she also performs regularly with keyboard player Matthias Havinga. Hester premiered contemporary works especially written for her and her ensembles. She performs intensively in The Netherlands and abroad at concert venues including the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Greenwich Early Music Festival and the Boston Early Music Festival (USA). Hester was awarded several stipends and prizes in a number of competitions including the Noorderkerkprize at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Vriendenkranscompetition and the first prize at the 'Concours International d'Ensembles de flûte à bec' in Le Mans with Seldom Sene. The same quintet received the Prix d'Interpretation (by unanimous vote of the five jurymembers) at the prestigious International Chambermusic Competition in Illzach (FR) in 2011. In 2014 Seldom Sene was also awarded the first prize, pressprize and audience award during the International Van Wassenaercompetition for early music ensembles. Highlights of her career include (solo)appearances on national television, during the christening of Dutch Royal Princess Ariane in the presence of the Dutch royal family, and during the 2012 Edison Classical Music Gala in honour of Frans Brüggen's lifetime achievements.
Since August 2010 Hester is part of The Royal Wind Wind Music's artistic management. She is co-initiator of the Open Recorder Days Amsterdam, an international festival and competition for recorderplayers around the world. Hester is also active as recorder teacher, she is a teacher at the Amsterdam Conservatoire's Junio Department (Sweelinck Academy), and she is teaching all aspects of consortplaying to the recorderstudents in monthly sessions of The Royal Wind Music Academy. Besides she prepares numerous young motivated students for their conservatoire studies. In addition Hester is employed as music-educator at the educational section of the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw.