Esther Georgie was born in Michigan, United States of America. Her mother was a pianist and her father an organist and she began to play piano at the age of three. Later, she fell in love with the clarinet, and gave many recitals with her mother. At the age of twelve, she moved to England to pursue her piano and clarinet studies at the Royal College of Music. She graduated with First Class Honours and was awarded several prizes, including the Frederick Thurston Memorial Prize. At that time, she also won the International Young Concert Artists Competition and the Young Artists’ Platform in London. In 1987, she became 1st Clarinet Soloist of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, having previously performed as a soloist on many occasions. Mervyn Cooke, Ivan Moody and Diogo Alvim have all dedicated new works to her.