Likened to Kate Bush, Anna Meredith and Bjork, Esther Swift explores ritual, connection, isolation, and the natural world in her performance with pedal harp and voice. A prolific, boldly innovative harpist, composer and singer, Esther works across genres as diverse as classical chamber music and free improvisation, and writes for ensembles large and small.
Having studied at Edinburgh’s St Mary’s Music School and the Royal Northern College of Music, as well as with harp pioneer Catriona McKay, she has received numerous prestigious commissions and featured in many international collaborations. She has travelled to Vietnam, New Zealand, Malaysia, Mongolia, and beyond with her music, and shared international, music lead collaborations with musicians and other artists around the world.
She has recently been commissioned by Celtic Connections, Chamber Music Scotland, Manchester Jazz festival and The Edwin Morgan trust and performed Internationally with her band Emergence Ensemble. She is part of this year’s Edinburgh Made in Scotland programme at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival.
Inventive … really impressed and engagedFiona Shepherd, The Scotsman
Singularly compelling, as well as accessibleAdrian Pallant, London Jazz
Monster musicianChris Wood