Peter Dijkstra, born in the Netherlands in 1978, studied choral conducting, orchestral conducting and voice at the conservatories of The Hague, Köln and Stockholm, and graduated summa cum laude with decoration. Furthermore he followed masterclasses with leading choral conductors like Tonu Kaljuste and Eric Ericsson. In 2002 he was awarded the Kersjes-van de Groenekanprize for young orchestral conductors and winning the first prize at the Eric Ericson Competition 2003 in Stockholm launched his international career.
In the period 2005-2016 Peter Dijkstra was Artistic Director of the Choir of the Bavarian Radio in Munich. He developed this choir into a worldclass ensemble with an artistic profile of versatile music-making, co-operating with the best orchestras of Europe. Two years later, in September 2007, Peter Dijkstra was appointed Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir, a position which he currently holds. In September 2015, Dijkstra was appointed Chief Conductor of the Nederlands Kamerkoor, after having been their First Guest Conductor for many years.
Dijkstra is regularly invited to conduct all major choirs of Europe such as the BBC singers, RIAS Chamber Choir Berlin, Collegium Vocale Gent, Danish National Choir, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Radio Choir of Berlin and the Netherlands Radio Choir. With these fine ensembles he performs a broad repertoire, from early music to premiers of newly composed works. Alongside Choirconducting, Peter Dijkstra quickly became a well sought after guest conductor with orchestras such as the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, DSO Berlin, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropoliton Orchestra, the Stavanger Philharmonic Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, The Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, etc. Peter Dijkstra has conducted the World Youth Choir on their African Tour in 2007 and is regularly invited to give and initiate masterclasses and projects to promote choir singing and conducting on the highest possible level. He is Professor in Choral Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.
In the Netherlands, Peter Dijkstra is artistic leader of vocal ensemble MUSA (www.musa.nu) and first guest conductor of vocal ensemble The Gents in Holland (www.thegents.nl). With this all-male ensemble he won many prizes on international festivals and toured in Japan, Spain, Sweden and Great-Britain. They made several awardwinning discs for the label Channel. With the Nederlands Kamerkoor Peter Dijkstra made a unanimously acclaimed recording of Bach’s Motets, also for Channel Classics (CCS 27108). In 2012 he won an ECHO Klassik (Fauré Requiem at Sony Classics) and 2 Diaposon d’Ors (Straus, Wagner, Mahler at BR Klassik and Figure Humaine, Francis Poulenc at Channel Classics). Most recently his CD with Schnittke’s Choirconcerto was awarded an ECHO Klassik 2014 for Best Ensemble.
Peter Dijkstra is honorary member of the Royal Swedish Music Academy and in The Netherlands he was awarded the Golden Violin 2013, an award for internationally exposed dutch musicians. In 2014 he was awarded the Eugen Jochum Prize.
More information: www.peterdijkstra.nl