Roel van Oosten





Roel van Oosten was born in 1958 in The Hague, The Netherlands.


Musical education

He studied composition with Peter Schat and Louis Andriessen and piano with

Else Krijgsman at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. In 1984 he

received a scholarship from the French and Dutch Ministry of Culture to

study with the French composer Betsy Jolas. He attended composition and

analysis courses at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in

Paris. In 1987 he was selected as an occupant of the atelier of Theo van

Doesburg (co-founder with the painter Mondrian of the art movement De

Stijl) in Meudon, France.



Most of his compositions are written in commission, including works for

symphony orchestra (a.o. concerto’s for harp, piano and double bass), chamber

music, music theatre and commissions for special occasions such as the

opening of the parliamentary year, ballet performances and concerts for


Van Oosten presented his works in a.o. France, Germany, Denmark, the

United Kingdom, China, the United States (Carnegie Recital Hall), Mexico and

New Zealand. His compositions have been recorded on radio and television

and are released on CD.



In 2001 Roel van Oosten received the European AGEC composition prize

(European Choir Federation) for his composition Les Amours for choir and



His works are published by Donemus Amsterdam ( and

since 2000 by Ascolta, Houten (




Roel van Oosten