“She is not only a virtuoso French hornist and teacher, she is also an excellent organizer of cultural events.”  – David Amram, Composer, Conductor, Author, and Multi-instrumentalist

 DSC_3204French hornist Olivia Esther is quickly establishing herself as soloist, chamber musician, educator and an advocate for the arts in Canada.  Her unique, beautiful sound and deeply compelling interpretations make her a much sought after performer.

A committed and passionate educator, Ms. Esther founded Viva Arts, a not for profit organization which supports and promotes music education in the public school system.

Ms. Esther obtained a Bachelor of Music in horn performance from Acadia University.  She pursued additional studies in orchestral performance at Mcgill University and was a resident at the Banff Centre for the performing Arts.   In 2010, Olivia was invited to be the Musician in Residence at the University of New Brunswick where she lectured and performed on the horn.

She is currently enrolled in a Masters of Education from Acadia in Curriculum Studies with a Focus in Music Education where she is pursuing research in the field of Artistic Cross-training© of which is is the originator and creator.  Past teaching positions have included horn instructor for Upper Canada College, Havergal College and an itinerant music teacher for the Rosedale Day School in Toronto.

Olivia Esther can be seen performing with such orchestras as the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet Orchestra and Esprit Orchestra.  She is Principal horn with the Canadian Sinfonietta and is a full time member of the Toronto Brass Quintet.


  1. Nancy

    Hi Olivia! Capella and Greg are our mutual friends-and I live down the street from you! (on Paton road at Campbell) They told us about you guys, but we never got around to meeting you (we just had a baby this past spring (like you too I believe!) so its been busy. But I would love to meet up! Also, Simone Butters is a friend of mine and she posted your AD on facebook this is how I have now found you. I would love to take your baby and tots class, I will sign up soon. But if you have time for a walk or a visit in the meantime I would love to meet you. Talk soon , Nancy


      Hello Nancy,

      It is such a small world isn’t it? I would love to meet up for a walk, coffee in hand, or head to the park!I am so excited to be starting the music classes too. It has been a dream of mine to have a studio to do just that and it is finally being realised!

      Best wishes,


  2. Nancy

    Great Olivia! Let me know when you would like to meet. Perhaps this week? …on the rail path if you’re up for it! Afternoons are best at the moment around 130pm…although with baby we always need a bit of slush time 🙂 My number is 416 629 8805 if you would like to text me, or email me at Looking forward to it, Nancy

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