Pauline Oostenrijk (hobo)
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.