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In 1999, Pauline Oostenrijk received the Music Prize of the Netherlands, the highest State Award in classical music. Before that, she had already won a number of national and international prizes, among which the first prize in the Gillet oboe competition in Baltimore, resulting in a recital in Carnegie Hall, New York.
She studied oboe (with Koen van Slogteren and Jan Spronk) and piano (with Willem Brons) at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and had lessons with Thomas Indermühle and Han de Vries.
Her activities as a soloist and chamber musician have been recorded on a considerable number of highly acclaimed cd’s. Various composers wrote pieces for her, a.o. Louis Andriessen (To Pauline O for oboe solo). Pauline performs often with her sister, the soprano Nienke Oostenrijk. For many years she was a teacher at the conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague, until she decided to create more time for performing and... writing. Her first book, with short stories about music, was published in 2006.
Pauline Oostenrijk is solo-oboist of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague.