Roel van Oosten was born in 1958 in The Hague, The Netherlands.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
since 2000 by Ascolta, Houten (email@example.com)