Bob van der Ent began studying the violin aged five with Lauri Vreeken-Bos. Following this he studied with Jan Repko and in addition took regularly lessons with Davina van Wely and Herman Krebbers.
In 1993 he was part of the first group of students to join the special Young Talent department of the academy of music at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Vesko Eschkenazy, concert master of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. As well as studying, he took part in master classes with famous violinists such as Marc Lubotsky, Donald Weilerstein (Cleveland Conservator), Louise Behrend (Juilliard School, New York), Eduard Grach (Moscow Conservatory), Lorand Fenyves, Shmuel Ashkenazy (primarius of the Vermeer quartet), Ivry Gitlis, Pierre Amoyal.
He had already made his debut as a soloist aged 10 years with the Dutch Youth String Orchestra, conducted by Roland Kieft. At the age of twelve he played Mozart's violin concerto KV211 in honour of the interprovincial authorities of the provincial states in the Martini Church in Groningen.
He played as a soloist with many orchestras in violinconcertos such as Bach, Beethoven, Bruch, Dvorak, Glass, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Lalo, Wieniawky and Tchaikovsky.
In 2005 he made his debut in the large hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw conducted by Jurjen Hempel.
He has won various prizes in both national and international competitions. In 1996 he won the first prize at the national competition for young violinists (Iordens Violin Days), in 1998 he won first prize at the Princess Christina Competition and in 2000 he was awarded with a ‘Diplome d'Honneur' at the International Wieniawsky-Lipinsky competition in Poland.
At the age of twelve he gave his first recital and appeared in, among other countries, Belgium, France, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Russia and the USA. During this time he also received airplay on the AVRO and NPS Dutch stations and performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Hall Orchestra.