PETER DIJKSTRA
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Peter Dijkstra is one of today’s most sought-after choral conductors. Born in 1978, he studied choral conducting, orchestral conducting and voice at the conservatories of The Hague, Cologne and Stockholm, and graduated summa cum laude with distinction. He also took part in 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 the following year, 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.

Between 2007 and 2018 he was also Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. He will return to the choir in future seasons. Since 2015, Peter Dijkstra is Chief Conductor of the Nederlands Kamerkoor and in 2018 he added the position of First Guest Conductor of the 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, Danish National Choir, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Rundfunkchor Berlin. He performs a broad repertoire, from early music to world premieres, from a-cappella works to opera.

He is also a much sought-after guest conductor with orchestras such as the Symphonieorchester and Rundfunkorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Stavanger Philharmonic Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Het Residentie Orchestra, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Münchener Kammerorchester and early music ensembles such as Concerto Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and B’ROCK.

In the Netherlands, Peter Dijkstra is artistic leader of vocal ensemble MUSA and first guest conductor of vocal ensemble The Gents. With this all-male ensemble, he has toured Japan, Spain, Sweden and Great-Britain and recorded several award-winning discs for the Channel label. With the Nederlands Kamerkoor Peter Dijkstra has recorded a widely acclaimed album of Bach Motets, also for Channel Classics.

In 2012, he won an ECHO Klassik (Fauré Requiem/Sony Classics) and two Diapason d’Ors (Strauss, Wagner, Mahler/BR Klassik and Figure Humaine, Francis Poulenc/Channel Classics). In 2014, his recording of Schnittke's Choir concerto received an ECHO Klassik award in the category ‘Best Ensemble’. 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 an honorary member of the Royal Swedish Music Academy and was presented with the Golden Violin 2013, an award for internationally successful Dutch musicians, and the Eugen Jochum Prize in 2014.

He was recently appointed Professor for Choral Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.
 
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A.Schnittke: Konzert für Chor

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Peter Dijkstra, cond
BRKlassik (3624939)

Arvo Pärt: Geistliche Werke - Pärt Live

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Hilliard Ensemble, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Ulf Schirmer, cond
Marcello Viotti, cond
Peter Dijkstra, cond
BRKlassik (6757478)

G.Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Peter Dijkstra, cond
with Regula Mühlemann, Anke Vondung, Eric Cutler, Michael Volle, Duo Tal & Groethuysen
Sony (4127757)

Sven-David Sandström: Nordic Sounds

Swedish Radio Choir
Peter Dijkstra, cond
Channel Classics (4979565)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Strauss/Wagner/Mahler

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Peter Dijkstra, cond
BRKlassik (1961538)

J.S.Bach: Magnificat D-Dur BWV 243

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Köln
Peter Dijkstra, cond
with Christina Landshamer, Diana Haller, Maarten Engeltjes, Maximilian Schmitt, Konstantin Wolff
BRKlassik (1538930)

J.S.Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248 (DVD)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Peter Dijkstra, cond
with Rachel Harnisch, Anke Vondung, Maximilian Schmitt, Christian Immler
BRKlassik (1477882)

J.S.Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Peter Dijkstra, cond
with Rachel Harnisch, Anke Vondung, Maximilian Schmitt, Christian Immler
BRKlassik (8379734)

J.S.Bach: Messe h-moll BWV 232 (DVD)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Köln
Peter Dijkstra, cond
with Christina Landshamer, Anke Vondung, Maximilian Schmitt, Andreas Wolf
BRKlassik (5997024)

Arvo Pärt: Te Deum

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Peter Dijkstra, cond
BRKlassik (6968227)

G.Fauré: Requiem op.48

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchener Kammerorchester
Peter Dijkstra, cond
with Sunhae Im, Konrad Jarnot, Max Hanft
Sony (9704341)

G.F.Händel: Der Messias

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, B'Rock Orchestra Ghent
Peter Dijkstra, cond
with Julia Doyle, Lawrence Zazzo, Steve Davislim, Neal Davies
BRKlassik (8326158)

J.S.Bach: Johannes-Passion BWV 245 (DVD)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Köln
Peter Dijkstra, cond
with Maximilian Schmitt, Tareq Nazmi, Christina Landshamer, Anke Vondung
BRKlassik (6100103)

J.S.Bach: Johannes-Passion BWV 245

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Köln
Peter Dijkstra, cond
with Simona Bruninghaus, Andreas Burkhart, Andreas Hirtreiter, Christina Landshamer, Julian Pregardien
BRKlassik (8556498)

J.Brahms: Missa canonica WoO.18

Swedish Radio Choir
Peter Dijkstra, cond
Channel Classics (6189739)

J.S.Bach: Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 (DVD)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Regensburger Domspatzen, Concerto Köln
Peter Dijkstra, cond
with Karina Gauvin, Gerhild Romberger, Julian Pregardien, Maximilian Schmitt, Michael Nagy, Karl-Magnus Fredriksson
BRKlassik (4163777)

J.S.Bach: Matthäus-Passion BWV 244

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Regensburger Domspatzen, Concerto Köln
Peter Dijkstra, cond
with Karina Gauvin, Gerhild Romberger, Julian Pregardien, Maximilian Schmitt, Michael Nagy, Karl-Magnus Fredriksson
BRKlassik (4163681)

J.S.Bach: Motetten BWV 225-230

Nederlands Kamerkoor
Peter Dijkstra, cond
Channel Classics (1931691)

Swedish Radio Choir - Nordic Sounds 2

Swedish Radio Chor
Peter Dijkstra, cond
Channel Classics (2886915)

Frank Martin: Messe für 2 vierstimmige Chöre

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Peter Dijkstra, cond
with Barbara Fleckenstein, Michaela Knab, Sigrid Horvath
BRKlassik (1100623)

G.F.Händel: Israel in Egypt

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Köln
Peter Dijkstra, cond
with Rosemary Joshua, Atsuko Suzuki, Kobie van Rensburg, Simon Pauly
BRKlassik (5568231)

PETER DIJKSTRA: G.F. Händel, Messiah, Bayerische Rundfunkchor

• Julia Doyle: soprano
• Lawrence Zazzo: countertenor
• Steve Davislim: tenor
• Neal Davies: bass
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B'Rock orchestra

"[...] it was in teasing apart Handel’s extravagant writing that Dutch conductor Peter Dijkstra proved so brilliantly adept, his contained yet determined gestures drawing wonderfully balanced, expertly shaped playing from the SCO strings, wind and brass, all on incisive form.[...] the SCO Chorus was on exceptionally strong, confident form, elegantly self-dividing into two separate groups for Handel’s double-chorus sections."
The Scotsman, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Choir - Solomon, May 2018
"[...] this was as good a performance of the piece as you’d hope to hear. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra are masters of period style on modern instruments, but tonight they did an especially convincing impression of a Baroque band, the violins vibrato-less but silky, producing a delectable blend with a particularly spicy oboe tone. They were conducted by Dutch specialist Peter Dijkstra, whose experienced hand revealed a secure understanding of the work’s structure and pace, with lots of flair at the brilliant moments and the confidence to slow down and let the music breathe at the right points.[...] Perhaps the greatest accolades should go to the chorus, however, who continued their recent run of excellent form with an impeccably enunciated, perfectly pitched performance that was sensitive to every line of text."
bachtrack.com, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Choir - Solomon, April 2018
'Eine Grosstat und eine neue Referenzklasse![...]Das Ergebnis dürfte selbst eingeschworene Fans (ob sie nun dem alten Richter oder Gardiner huldigen) sprachlos machen. So vollkommen, so geschlossen, so hell, klar, so eindringlich, so unaufdringlich die historische Aufführungspraxis im Hinterkopf hören wir Weihnachtsoratorium, h-Moll-Messe, Johannes- und Matthäus-Passion.'
 
NRZ, Bach Box BR Klassik, December 2016
‚So präsentierte das Ensemble unter seinem künstlerischen Leiter Peter Dijkstra ein so leuchtendes wie überraschendes Wechselspiel. Die klare Struktur dieser Messe kippt immer wieder ins illustrativ Überwältigende, etwa wenn klanglich fein justierte Übergänge von dunklem Timbre in glitzernde Offenheit gelingen und es klingt, als würde da eine einzige Person musizieren und nicht ein vielköpfiges und vielstimmliches Ensemble.‘

 
Süddeutsche Zeitung, JS Bach, B-minor Mass, Baden-Baden, Munich, April 2016
‚[...] wird nun in dieser aufwändigen Aufführung[...] in vollem Masse deutlich, wie grundlegend Dijkstra den Klangkörper verändert hat. Schon unter den Händen seines Vorgängers Michael Glaeser schien das Niveau nicht mehr steigerbar[...]Ohne die bereits vorhandene Ausgeglichenheit des Chores zu stören oder seine spezifische Farbigkeit auf’s Spiel zu setzen – und damit seine Identität -, hat Dijkstra ihn doch subtil historisiert und damit paradoxerweise modernisiert[...]Dijkstra hinterlässt mit dieser sorgfältigen und durchdachten Aufführung tiefe Eindrücke. Vielleicht ist dem Niederländer auf lange Sicht soetwas gelungen wie der pragmatische und damit höchst musikalische Beginn einer Aussöhnung von konventieller und historisierender Aufführungspraxis.‘

 
Münchner Abendzeitung , JS Bach, B-minor Mass, Baden-Baden, Munich, April 2016
‚Dijkstra wiederum zeigt, dass er mit diesem Bach’schen Vermächtnis eine wohldurchdachte, sehr einfühlsame Interpretation hervorzaubern kann[...]Eine klangschönere, in aller Fülle aber nie an Exaltiertheit überbordende Präsentation hat man von dieser Messe wohl selten gehört.‘

 
Badisches Tagblatt, JS Bach, B-minor Mass, Baden-Baden, Munich, April 2016
‚Oft gehört bergen manche musikalischen Interpretationen noch höchst erfreuliche Überraschungen [...] Dank der Musiziefreude des ungeheuer agilen und wunderbar atmenden Spiels ‚seines‘ Klangkörpers durfte man das viel strapazierte Werk schier neu erleben, jeder Affekt sass an der richtigen Stelle. Die scheinbar bewusst gewählte musikalische Subjektivität Dijkstras unterstrich vehement das interpretatorische Raffinement, die sensible Betonung, die Rhetorik Bachs grandioser Komposition erhielt dadurch transparente und ausgewogene Strukturen.‘

 
Der Neue Merker, JS Bach, B-minor Mass, Baden-Baden, Munich, April 2016

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