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Caroline Ansink was born on 8 August 1959 in Amsterdam.


She studied flute under Abbie de Quant at the Utrechts Conservatorium and obtained the diploms Docerend Musicus (1985) and Uitvoerend Musicus (1986). From 1983 till 1988 she studied composition under Joep Straesser and received the Composition Prize in 1989. Afterwards she visited several times the Korean composer Isang Yun for advice.


As a flutist, Caroline Ansink is member of the Clara Schumann Orchestra in Cologne and teacher at the Utrechts Conservatorium. In recent years, she has worked by commission as a freelance composer of all imaginable forms. With the conception of music as a way of communication she, in service of the expression which passes words, strives after the integration of music from all times, places, cultures and styles, without forgetting her own position (the one of composer in the hectic twentieth century in Europe). In 1992 the TV-documentation I compose as a human being , dedicated to the works of Caroline Ansink and Catharina van Rennes, broadcasted by the Dutch television NOS.


Caroline Ansink writes chamber music as well as orchestral- and choir compositions. Her compositions are performed by the Nederlands Balletorkest, the Nederlands Studenten Kamerkoor, Abbie de Quant, Jard van Nes, Osiris Trio, Brisk, Syrinx saxophone quartet, Duo Cuypers / Lop, etc. She composed the music for the children-performance Van Aap tot Zet with 26 animal poems of Mensje van Keulen, from which parts were broadcasted within the TV-programm Klokhuis.


In 1985 she won the second prize of DEDOK Mannheim for the string quartet Shades of Silence (1984) and, also of GEDOK, in 1989 the first prize for Pyrrhus for organ (1988), for which she also was awarded by Cappella Civica in Trieste (1988).
She received the thirt prize of the Association of Hungarian Musicians (1989) for her pianotrio Skop█s.
In 1990 she received the prize of encouragement of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst for her compositions Night and Day and Zeitenschrunde.
The Washington International Competition (1990) gave her the honourable mention for Brezze for string quartet, for which she also obtained a prize in 1992 of the city of Chard in Great Britain .

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