Esther Hargittai was born in Hungary and has been immersed in music since the tender age of three, going through singing nursery, primary and secondary schools. Graduated 1995 in Choral Conducting and Music Education at the prestigious “Liszt Academy of Music” in Budapest. From 1996 – 2005 worked for a well-known children's choir in Israel, the ‘Efroni Choir’, where she set up, conducted and managed the “Young Efroni Choir”, and taught music and conducted choirs through all age groups in Israel.

Esther had numerous performances in a variety of settings (national events, TV programmes, charities), including representing Israel in the USA (Washington, Kennedy Centre, Salt Lake City) and France. She was co-author of a Kodály Method manual for music teachers in Israel, published by the Jerusalem Music Centre. 

Since 2006 she is a tutor at the British Kodály Academy (BKA), running conducting and musicianship courses and workshops around the UK and abroad, and is part of the CPD development team. Since 2016 Esther teaches musicianship according to the Kodály philosophy at the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama/Junior Guildhall String Training Programme and is running the Junior Guildhall String Training Programme’s children choir. Esther’s online professional courses with the BKA and on her independent website have gained wide acclaim in the professions. Her new book, ‘Jewish-Israeli Music’ has also just been published by the “Liszt Academy of Music” in Budapest/Kodály Institute.