Born in Toronto, Jurgen Petrenko has both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in music from the University of Toronto. During the day, he works for CBC Radio Two, as a producer of Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, as well as the presenter of a weekly “Organ Thursday” feature on Take Five.
He is the artistic director of the Toronto Classical Signers, and has conducted numerous major choral/orchestral works. He has adjudicated for the University of Toronto, the Elora Festival Young Performers’ Competition, and the CSC Choral Competition, and teaches a seminar on oratorio performance for graduate voice majors at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He is also in demand as an organ accompanist, and is the titular organist of St. John’s Anglican Church in Elora, Ontario. His spare time is taken up with sailing, computer games, fine wine, and karate, where he is proud to have earned a black belt.