'The young pianist Esther Birringer performed her solo part with an intimately beautiful sound and with a smooth fluidity, never just mechanical but lively and descriptive all the time - a strong talent' - Kölnische Rundschau
'Gentle piano poet', 'Powerful bundle of energy', 'Congenial interpreter' - these are only a few attributes with which the press chooses the German pianist Esther Birringer. Her sensitive as well as dramatic way of playing has delighted the critics and the audience equally and lead her to the Kölner Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Kulturkreis Gasteig, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Schloss Elmau and the Nicolaisaal Potsdam.
She was invited to festivals such as the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the MDR Musiksommer, the Usedomer Musikfestival, the Weilburger Schlosskonzerte, the Davos Festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Festival Lugano Musica, the Musikfestspiele Saar, the Musikfesttage an der Oder, the Bachfest Leipzig, the Schwetzinger Schlosskonzerte and the Würzburger Bach-Tage.
Esther Birringer played with orchestras such as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Dresden, the Dresdner Kapellsolisten, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt-Oder, the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester, the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie, and the Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam under the baton of Michael Sanderling, Łukasz Borowicz, Helmut Branny and Marcus Bosch among others.
In a cooperation with the Ballet of the Stadttheater Bremerhaven, Esther Birringer performed Bach's Goldberg Variations in a perfect symbiosis of music and dance.
Esther Birringer has a great passion for chamber music, which she pursues intensively and enthusiastically. She caused a major stir with her sister, the violinist Lea Birringer, when she won, one after the other, the international chamber music competitions Premio Vittorio Gui in Florence and Concorso Internazionale di Musica da Camera Città di Pinerolo with a special award as best Brahms interpreter in 2011. Wherever the sisters perform at festivals and chamber music series, they impress with their deep musical understanding, their sensitive and lively interaction on stage and their rousing temperament.
Esther and Lea Birringer’s CD recordings thrilled critics and the trade press alike and brought the two artists excellent reviews. 'The name Birringer is one to remember', stated the Westdeutsche Rundfunk. The latest album released by Rubicon Classics was nominated for the ICMA Awards and the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik.
Esther Birringer was born in Quierschied, Germany and started playing the piano at the age of three. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Pascal Devoyon, Cécile Ousset and Arie Vardi are among her teachers. In 2013 she passed her concert exam with distinction at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.
The first prize at the national competition Jugend musiziert in 1999 was the start of a series of prizes won at international competitions in Germany, France and Italy, amongst them first prizes at the 6th International Piano Competition Johann Sebastian Bach in Würzburg and at the 9th International Piano Competition of the Chopin Society Hanover, furthermore a special prize at the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb 2011. Her home town Saarbrücken honoured her with the Cultural Award for Young Artists acknowledging her extraordinary accomplishments.