Dutch saxophonist/composer Marike van Dijk began playing jazz as a precocious
14 year old.
She went on to study at the Rotterdam Conservatory from which she graduated
(cum laude) in 2006. She continued her studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory,
obtaining her master’s degree in jazz performance (cum laude).
In 2009 Marike was nominated for the prestigious Dutch "Deloitte jazz award"
and the "Amersfoort jazz talent award". JazzNL, a foundation for promoting
young Dutch jazz talent, selected her as an "artist deserving wider recognition".
In May 2013 she obtained her second masters degree, this time from New York
University, for which she was awarded a full scholarship by the Dutch ‘Huygens