Peter Dijkstra, Music Director
Peter Dijkstra (b. 1978) began singing as a boy in the Roder Jongenskoor, singing most of the solo-parts until his voice changed. 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- and orchestral conducting and singing at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and graduated summa cum laude with decoration. He continued studying at the Hochschule für Musik in Köln with Marcus Creed and followed master classes with Tõnu Kaljuste and Eric Ericson. At the moment he’s artistic leader of vocal ensemble The Gents in Holland. With this all-male ensemble he won many prizes on international festivals and he made recordings for the label Channel Classics. In November 2003 the ensemble received the Kersjes-van de Groenekan Prize.
From January 2005 he will become First Guest Conductor for the Swedish Radio Choir. From September 2005 he will become Artistic Director of the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich. From the concert season 2007/2008 he is musical director of the Swedish Radio Choir.
Peter Dijkstra is a regular guest with many professional choirs in Europe: he works on a regular basis with choirs such as the Netherlands Chamber Choir, RIAS Chamberchoir Berlin, the Swedish Radio Choir, the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir and the SWR-Vokalensemble in Stuttgart. In October 2003 he won the first prize at the Eric Ericson Competition in Stockholm. Future engagements also include working with orchestras like the North Netherlands Philharmonic and the Bochumer Symphoniker.
With the Kersjes-van de Groenkanprize for orchestral conductors, that he was awarded in 2002, he’s currently studying orchestral conducting at the Royal Conservatory in Stockholm with professor Jorma Panula.