Ridderstolpe was the daughter of the chapel conductor in Berlin, Carl Kolbe, and in 1816 married the Swedish governor, count Fredrik Ludvig Ridderstolpe. In 1832, she published the composition Sju Sånger (Seven Songs), dedicated to the Crown princess Josephine of Leuchtenberg. In 1834, Hvad är Glädjen? (What is Joy?) was published, dedicated to her late friend Josefina Benedicks, and in 1836 Nya Sånger (New Songs). Ridderstolpe was a student of Carl Maria von Weber.
Caroline Ridderstolpe was inducted as an honorary member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music (chair 322) on March 26, 1850.
- Wilhelmina Stålberg (in Swedish): Anteckningar om svenska qvinnor (Notes on Swedish women)
- Gustaf Hilleström: Kungl. Musikaliska Akademien, Matrikel 1771-1971
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