Born in Toronto, Jurgen Petrenko has Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Toronto, having studied organ with Douglas Bodle and John Tuttle, and conducting with Victor Feldbrill. After many years as an organist and freelance musician, Jurgen joined the CBC where he worked as a producer of programs including Choral Concert, Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, Opera Quiz, Critic’s Choice, Take Five, and most recently as executive producer of Music and Company. He has also presented over 400 weekly Organ Thursday features.
Jurgen has served as the general manager of the prestigious Elora Festival, and recently conducted a run of shows for Toronto Operetta Theatre. He regularly plays harpsichord with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. He currently is the titular organist of St. John’s Anglican Church in Elora and teaches oratorio to the graduate voice majors at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Jurgen is the co-founder and artistic director of Toronto Classical Singers, with whom he has conducted dozens of the major choral/orchestral works. He is also in demand as an adjudicator and organ accompanist, and has recorded a number of CDs with choirs conducted by Noel Edison.
Jurgen is an accomplished sailor and is proud to have earned his black belt in karate.