Esther van der Ploeg did her oboe studies of the oboe at the Codarts Conservatory of Rotterdam to study under Maarten Dekkers and Aisling Casey. In 2013 she graduated successfully from her Bachelor studies, and received along with her diploma a special stipend to spend on her further artistic development. In June 2017 she graduated for the Master of Music at the Musik Hochschule ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin with Dominik Wollenweber.
Esther van der Ploeg took masterclasses from oboists such as Maurice Bourgue, Heinz Holliger, Stephan Schilli, Nick Deutsch, David Walter and Lucas Navarro and Alexei Ogrintchouk. As a freelancer she works regularly at the Radio Philharmonisch Orkest, NedPhO, Residentie Orkest and Philharmonie Zuid Nederland. Esther forms a duo with pianist Yukiko Hasegawa, toghether they give special concerts with storyteller Rens van Hoogdalem.
In 2019 Esther graduated for a Master in the Early Music at the Conservatory in Amsterdam with Josep Domenech. At the boroque oboe, Esther played a few times with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. She is also connected to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightement in Londen as an academist for the year 2020-2021.