Peter Dijkstra, born in the Netherlands in 1978, is one of the leading choral conductors of our time. He comes from a musical family and as a boysoprano he was invited for many solo performances, for example in opera productions like Die Zauberflöte at The Netherlands Opera Foundation in Amsterdam. He studied choral conducting, orchestral conducting and voice at the conservatories of The Hague, Köln and Stockholm, and graduated summa cum laude with decoration.
In 2002 he was awarded the Kersjes-van de Groenekamprize for orchestral conductors and the winning of the first prize at the Eric Ericson Competition 2003 in Stockholm launched his international career. Dijkstra works on a regular basis with choirs such as the Netherlands Chamber Choir, BBC singers, RIAS Chamberchoir Berlin, Collegium Vocale Gent and the Danish Radio Choir. There he displays a control of a broad repertoire, from early music to premiers of newly composed works. But he is also an appreciated guest with orchestras like the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Munich Radio Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra and the Japan Philharmonic. He also enjoys working with orchestras on period instruments, such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Concerto Köln.
Since 2005 Peter Dijkstra is Artistic Director of the Choir of the Bavarian Radio in Munich, a choir which he since then has developed into a flexible ensemble, being in command of musical styles. In 2007 he was appointed Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. Since 2012 Peter Dijkstra is member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Dijkstra´s discography displays a wide range of repertoire. As artist with Channel Classics he has made many recordings with vocal ensemble The Gents, and more recently 3 cd´s with the Swedish Radio Choir. These recordings have received highest acclaim from the international press. For the label BR Klassik recordings of Bach´s Matthäus Passion and Weihnachtsoratorium have appeared, recordings of choral works by Mahler, Strauss and Wagner and most recently on Sony Classics a recording of Fauré´s Requiem, which won an ECHO Klassik award.
In the Netherlands, Peter Dijkstra is principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Chamberchoir and artistic leader of vocal ensemble MUSA (www.musa.nu), a mixed choir based in Utrecht. And having been artistic leader of vocal ensemble The Gents for 7 years (www.thegents.nl), he is now their first guest conductor.