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Marike van Dijk, born in 1982 and raised in Wijckel, a small village in Fryslan, the Netherlands.
Started playing the sax at age 11, studied at Rotterdam Conservatory (BA), graduated cum laude.
Amsterdam Conservatory (MA), graduated cum laude.Manhattan School of Music, NY (exchange program, MA).
Teachers: Benjamin Herman, Dick de Graaf, Ben van den Dungen, Simon Rigter, Ferdinand Povel, Jasper Blom, Dick Oatts, Bob Mintzer.
2009: nominated for prestigious Dutch Deloitte Jazz Award and Amersfoort Jazz Award.
2010: release debut album Patches of Blue and North Sea Jazz Festival with Marike van Dijk Quintet.