Rolinka Niers (1984) was fascinated by the sound of the clarinet from a very young age, and at age 8 she began lessons with Peter Kleefman. She studied with Reinier Hogerheijde at the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, after which she studied for a Masters degree with Walter Boeykens at the Fontys Conservatorium in Tilburg graduating in 2008. She has followed masterclasses and lessons with musicians including; Michel Arrrignon, Charles Neidich, Andrew Marriner and Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer. In addition to her musical training, she also studied French at the Rijks University in Groningen. An internship at the French clarinet factory 'Buffet Crampon' allowed her to combine these two studies.
Chamber music is one of Rolinka's great passions and she plays in several different ensembles. With the Sebes Ensemble she is able to express her love of modern music. She is also an enthousiastic orchestral musician and was for many years 1st clarinetist of the Groningen student orchestra Mira. She has also been a member of the Netherlands Student Orchestra (2005) and the National Youth Orchestra (NJO) in 2006 and 2009. In 2008 she was concert master of the Dutch Summer Orchestra (ZON). In 2004 she won the first prize during the regional final of the Princess Christina Competition and also won the national Gaudeamus Prize for the best performance of a contemporary work.
Rolinka was financially supported during her studies by the Geesje Poutsma Leen Foundation.