As a teenager, oboist Esther Viola (Boston, 1976) toured Europe and South America with youth orchestras, playing in Vienna, Budapest, Chile and Brazil. After receiving her Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, New York) in 1998, studying with Richard Kilmer, she went to Holland to study with Ernest Rombout at the Utrecht Conservatory. She received a Fulbright Full Grant in support of her studies there. As a student she joined the street-performance group Ricciotti Ensemble and toured with the Dutch Student Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra. In 2003 she graduated cum laude with a Master of Music focused on contemporary solo and chamber music repertoire and performance.