Kerstin Erben was born in Worbis, East Germany in 1960 and grew up in a musical family. She began studying the violin at the age of eight. Between 1973 and 1978 she studied at the Music Academy in Halle before continuing her studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig, where she focused on her interest in chamber music. Parallel to her studies she played in the Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig.
Her first permanent engagement followed in 1982 at the Halle Opera House. In Halle she quickly developed a strong interest in baroque music through the theater’s performance of numerous Handel operas as well as the concerts of the Handel Festival. She started to work on period instruments and quickly gained experience in this field.
In 1986 Kerstin Erben moved to Berlin and became a member of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1988. In 1989 she performed with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin for the first time and soon became one of the ensemble’s permanent members. With the Akademie she regularly takes parts in concerts in Berlin, goes on tour to international festivals and participates in numerous opera productions and recordings.