Peter Dijkstra is one of today's most sought-after choral conductors. He studied at the conservatories of The Hague, Cologne and Stockholm, and graduated summa cum laude with distinction. In 2003 he won first prize at the Eric Ericson Competition in Stockholm, which launched his international career.
Between 2005-2016 Peter Dijkstra was Artistic Director of the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich. He developed the choir into a world class ensemble, known for its versatile music making and with guest appearances at the foremost European festivals and orchestras. From 2007 to 2018 he was also Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. Since 2015, Peter Dijkstra is Chief Conductor of the Nederlands Kamerkoor and in 2018 he added the position of First Guest Conductor of the Dutch Groot Omroepkoor to his portfolio.
Next to his work with these ensembles, Peter Dijkstra is a regular guest of leading European choirs, such as the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, Collegium Vocale Gent, the WDR and NDR Rundfunkchöre, the SWR Vokalensemble, BBC Singers and Danish National Choir to name a few.
A sought-after guest conductor with orchestras he has conducted a.o. the Symphonieorchester and Rundfunkorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Het Residentie Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester and early music ensembles such as Concerto Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and B'ROCK.
He won two ECHO Klassik-awards (Fauré Requiem on Sony Classics, Schnittke-Choir Concerto on BR Klassik) and two Diapason d'Ors (Strauss, Wagner, Mahler/BR Klassik and Figure Humaine, Francis Poulenc/Channel Classics). His recording of Brahms Sacred Choral Works with the Swedish Radio Choir received the Edison Klassiek Award 2015.
Peter Dijkstra 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 at the highest possible level. He is Professor for Choral Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.
Peter Dijkstra is an honorary member of the Royal Swedish Music Academy and was awarded with the Golden Violin 2013, an award for internationally successful Dutch musicians, and with the Eugen Jochum Prize in 2014. From 2019 he is honored as Conductor Laureate of the Swedish Radio Choir.