Born in Singapore, Lester graduated with First Class Honours in Violin performance from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, studying with Wendy Heiligenberg and Keith Crellin. He is the recipient of the Elder Conservatorium Directors Award, Arved and Suzanne Kurtz Scholarship and Florence Cooke Violin Prize. He is also currently studying under Alphonse Anthony.
As an active chamber musician, Lester has performed at various chamber music festivals and schools across Australia, most recently being the Advanced masterclass program at the Australia Chamber Music Festival in 2017. He is also an active performer in the Baudin Trio, Maple String Quartet, Bronzewing Quartet and the Royal Commonwealth Society Instrumental Ensembles.
Lester has led and toured nationally in Co- Opera productions of La Boheme, Eugene Onegin, Mikado, Magic Flute and most recently the Barber of Seville in 2018. He has also completed the Orchestral Traineeship and Professional Pathways program with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2015 and 2016. Lester was also invited to present at an international workshop as part of the Double dialogue Arts journal publication in April 2017 in New York’s National Opera Centre, based upon an interdisciplinary exploration of ideas on the theme of Why do things break.
As an educator, Lester is a violin tutor and ensemble director at various schools in Adelaide and is also a tutor at the South Australia State Music Camp. He believes strong in creating a creatively engaging learning environment for his students, and cultivating a well-disciplined but organic approach to learning and enjoying music.