In 1999 Pauline Oostenrijk received the Music Prize of The Netherlands, the highest State Award for classical music. Before that, she had already won numerous prizes on national and international competitions, such as the Dutch representation in the Eurovision Young Musician of the Year Contest (1986), the first prize in the Tromp oboe competition (1988), the Decoration of the Friends of the Concertgebouw (1989), the Philip Morris Art Prize (1993), a second prize in the International Music Competition in Rome (with harpist Manja Smits), and the first prize in the Fernand Gillet oboe competition in Baltimore (1991), resulting in a recital in Carnegie Hall.
She studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Koen van Slogteren and Jan Spronk, and continued her studies with, among others, Thomas Indermühle and Han de Vries. At the same time she completed her piano studies with Willem Brons. Since 1993, Pauline is solo oboist of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague. Her activities as a soloist and chamber musician were recorded on a number of highly acclaimed cd’s. She plays recitals with pianist Ivo Janssen, and performs regularly with her sister, soprano Nienke Oostenrijk, in the Ensemble Oostenrijk-Jansen (with cembalo-player David Jansen and cellist Maarten Jansen). She is a member of the Orlando Wind Quintet and the ensemble Nieuw Amsterdams Peil.
As a soloist she performed with orchestras like the Residentie Orkest, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Radio Kamer Orkest, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Brabants Orkest, Orkest van het Oosten (The Netherlands Symphonie Orchestra), WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Salzburger Kammerorchester and Sonora Hungarica.