Pauline Oostenrijk


Dutch oboist Pauline Oostenrijk studied oboe and piano at the Sweelinck
Conservatorium Amsterdam and finished a degree in Dutch Language and Literature
at Utrecht University. Her oboe teachers were Huib Nieuwenhuizen, Koen van
Slogteren, Jan Spronk (Concertgebouw Orchestra), Han de Vries and Thomas
Indermühle. She also received lessons from Alex Klein and Omar Zoboli.

As an 18-year-old, Pauline was elected ‘Young Musician of the Year’ for The
Netherlands. She received the Concertgebouw ‘Vriendenkrans’ Award and won 1 st
prizes in the Benelux Tromp Oboe Competition and in the IDRS Gillet Oboe
Competition in Baltimore resulting in a recital at Carnegie Hall, New York. As a duo
with harpist Manja Smits, she won a 2 nd prize at the International Chamber Music
Competition in Rome, Italy. In 1999 she received the Netherlands Music Prize, the
highest state award for Classical Music which is awarded only once in a few years.

From 1993 until 2018 Pauline was principal oboist of the Residentie Orchestra of The
Hague, at the same time building her international career as a soloist and chamber
musician and teaching at the conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague.
Currently she is Professor of Oboe at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen
and at the young talent department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam
(Sweelinck Academy).

Many compositions were dedicated to her, such as Louis Andriessen’s ‘To Pauline O’.
She also writes compositions herself. ‘Penelope’ for oboe solo was published by

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