Peter Dijkstra

Peter Dijkstra (born 11 June 1978) is a Dutch conductor, especially of choirs and vocal ensembles.

Peter Dijkstra by Petra Hajská

Born in Roden, Drenthe, Dijkstra sang in his youth in Jongenskoor Roder, a boys' choir, which his father, Bouwe Dijkstra, founded in 1985. He sang the Cantatas of J. S. Bach with the likes of Gustav Leonhardt, Sigiswald Kuijken and Max van Egmond in Amsterdam.[1] Later he studied singing and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Marcus Creed, and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Jorma Panula. He also attended master classes with Eric Ericson and Tõnu Kaljuste.[1] He led the ensemble The Gents.[2][3][4][5]

Dijkstra has been guest conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir and artistic director of the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks [de] of Munich from September 2005.[1] In 2007 he was appointed chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir. He has collaborated with major European vocal ensembles and appeared as an orchestral conductor.


  • Kersjes-van-de-Groenekan-Preis (2002)
  • Eric Ericson Award (2003)
  • Grammy Award with Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (2008)
  • Eugen-Jochum-Preis (2014)


  1. ^ a b c "Peter Dijkstra". Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  2. ^ International Record Review - Volume 4 2003 - Page 26 "A different perspective by Francis Knights of the Tudor sacred repertoire, from across the Channel, comes from The Gents, an all-male Dutch chamber choir conducted by Peter Dijkstra."
  3. ^ Das Orchester - Volume 54, Issues 1-6 - Page 44 2006 "... und ein Jahr später mit brillantem Altus oder ob als 18-Jähriger begleitet von dem von ihm bisher geleiteten renommierten Männer-Vocalensemble „The Gents": Peter Dijkstra verfügte und verfügt über wunderbare stimmliche Fähigkeiten."
  4. ^ BBC Music Magazine - Volume 13, Issues 7-13 - Page 69 2005 "The Gents, a Dutch group emanating from Roden Boys Choir, "
  5. ^ Mens en Melodie - Volume 59 - 2004 -Page 35 "De jonge Nederlandse dirigent Peter Dijkstra wordt per september 2005 artistiek leider van het Chor des Bayerischen ... Hij maakte in Nederland al furore met zijn eigen gezelschap The Gents en hij deed het goed bij onder andere het .."

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