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"The contrast between heavenly glare and hellish rawness is completely at the service of emotional truth"De Telegraaf, 02-11-2013
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 Fernand Gillet oboe competition in Baltimore, resulting in a recital in Carnegie Hall, New York. In 1986 she was the Dutch 'Young Musician of the Year'.
Pauline Oostenrijk is solo-oboist of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague.
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. She appeared as a soloist with the Residentie Orchestra, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Westdeutsche Rundfunk Orchester in Cologne, the Salzburger Kammerorchester and l'Orchestre d'Auvergne. 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, in the Ensemble Oostenrijk-Jansen (baroque repertoire). She plays recitals with pianist Ivo Janssen, and is a member of the ensembles Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (modern chamber music) and Wind Chamber Collective.
For many years she was a teacher at the conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague, until in 2007 she decided to create more time for performing and for... writing. Her first book, “De geest van Stotijn” (short stories about music), published in 2006, was received with great enthusiasm. Pauline wrote several compositions for oboe. November 2005, she composed ánd performed a composition for English horn and small ensemble for Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands.
The Dutch soprano, Nienke Oostenrijk, studied at the Sweelinck School of Music in Amsterdam. She already passed her doctoral examination in Conservatory in Amsterdam. It was there that she gained the ‘Uitvoerend Musicus’ (performer’s) diploma in 1993 with Margaret Honig. Since then she has been pursuing her studies with Cora Canne Meijer. She took part in master-classes with Arleen Augér, Elly Ameling, Robert Holl and others.
Nienke Oostenrijk appears in opera roles as well as on the concert platform, and has sung throughout Europe but has spent most of her time in The Netherlands and a good deal of time in Germany. Her opera repertoire includes several roles that belong to the repertoire of high sopranos. With several companies she had sung the role of Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Other roles include Pamina in Mozart ‘s Die Zauberflöte, Sophie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Tebaldo in Verde’s Don Carlos, with the conductors like Kees Bakels, Marc Soustrot, Friedrich Haider and Carlo Rizzi.
Apart from being an opera singer Nienke Oostenrijk is a much sought-after Lieder singer and concert soloists. Bach’s St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) brought her to Berlin Konzerthaus. A series of performances throughout the Netherlands of Mozart’s Requiem with Jaap van Zweden conducting was followed by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in the Berlin Konzerthaus, conducted by Jac van Steen. Increasingly she is also active in the field of 20th–century classical music, performing in the works of composers like Arnold Schoenberg (Second String Quartet), Jeff Hamburg and Igor Markevitch.
The contrast between heavenly glare and hellish rawness is completely at the service of emotional truth
De Telegraaf , 02-11-2013
This is a fine brace of re-releases packaged in an attractive SACD hybrid single-thickness double jewel case.
Music Web International, 01-2-2012