Esther Monnat was born in Porrentruy, studied under Luc Aeschlimann at the Conservatoire de Neuchâtel and obtained her teaching diploma with distinction in 2001. She then polished her skills at the Musikhochschule de Lucerne in Marek Jerie’s class and obtained a concert diploma cum laude in 2005. Wishing to share the joy that music gives her, she has taught at the Sarnen music school since 2004 and at the Landeron music school since August 2007. She plays in various orchestras, the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain, the Orchestre de Chambre de Neuchâtel and the Orchestre du Festival de Cernier among others.
For several years now she has been drawn to ancient music and plays basso continuo with passion on a period instrument in groups with conductors such as Bernhard Pfammatter and Ulrike Grosch. In 2003 she founded, with Andel Strube and Philippe Despont, the trio « La Fluta », with which she regularly performs. She fervently plays classic chamber music in ensembles. In 2006 she founded with Jonas Grenier, violinist, and Céline Portat, viola player, the Carpe Dièse Trio. This ensemble constitutes an ideal place for musical exchanges, presenting works from the classical repertoire and contemporary creations written for the group.