Esther Vilar-Portillo


Born in Barcelona, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and the Official Master’s degree in Interpretation of Lied ‘Victoria de los Ángeles’ at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMuC, Barcelona), with a master’s thesis on Robert Schumann’s ‘Liederkreis’ Op. 39.

She had the opportunity to study with Jordi Camell and Daniel Ligorio and to improve in Lied Interpretation with Francisco Poyato, Assumpta Mateu, Alan Branch, Josep Surinyac and Carmen Bustamante. She has also taken part in masterclasses with Simon Lepper, Sholto Kynoch, Wolfram Rieger, Stéphane Degout and Pia Freund. During this season, she will participate as LIFE New Artist at the Lied Festival ‘LIFE Victoria’ in Barcelona.

She is a current collaborator of the women’s choir ACTEA (Municipal Music Conservatory of Barcelona), with whom she played at Petit Palau (Palau de la Música Catalana), and participated actively in multiple events, song festivals and Lieder recitals.

In parallel to her musical career, she finished a Bachelor’s degree in Literary Studies at the Universitat de Barcelona (Extraordinary End-of-Studies Award of the University of Barcelona, National End-of-Studies Award) and a Master’s degree in Literary Theory and Compared Literature at the same university (Extraordinary End-of-Studies Award of the University of Barcelona). She has also been a member of the Organizing Committee of the 15th International Congress on Musical Signification (Barcelona, ESMuC).

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