The Polish tenor, Jan Petryka, is the son of an opera singer and a guitarist. He got his first cello lessons at age 9 at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz. During the subsequent years, he won numerous awards both as solo-cellist and as chambermusician. He started studying singing with Professor Gertrud Schulz in Linz and in 2004 continued his studies as solo singer with Profesoor Rotraud Hansmann as well as Lied and Oratorio with Kammersängerin Marjana Lipovšek at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna where he finished his studies with distinction. In 2005 he won a special prize at the international Sommerakademie Prag-Wien-Buda pest (ISA). He is prize winner of the International Competition for Operetta and Viennese Song Competition in Baden bei Wien and the Competition for Contemporary Song of the Petyrek-Lang Foundation in Vienna.
In sacral music, Jan Petryka developed a wide repertoire including franco-flemish vocal polyphony, cantatas by J.S. Bach, oratorias and masses of the Viennese classical composers up to contemporary compositions. He sings with ensembles like the Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Chorus sine nomine, Clemencic Concort, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Neue Oper Wien, Radio Symphony Orchestra Wien, Wiener Akademie, Wiener Kammerorchester under conductors such as Dennis Russell Davies, Martin Haselböck, Manfred Huss, Erwin Ortner and Ralf Weikert.
His operatic roles include Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, Orfeo in Monteverdi's L´Orfeo, Oronte in George Frideric Handel's Alcina and (extracts) of Tom Rakewell in Igor Stravinsky's The Rake´s Progress. Recently he could be seen in the roles of Bartholomew in Harrison Birtwistle´s The Last Supper for the Neue Oper Wien, Junker Spärlich in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor at the Festival Leoben in Steiermark, various roles in the children´s opera Traumfresserchen at the Wiener Staatsoper, the roles of Brabantischer Edler in Lohengrin at the Wagner Festival in Wels and Jaquino in L.v. Beethoven's Fidelio with the Pannonische Philharmonie.
Jan Petryka sang in concerts with the Clemencic Consort, in the first complete performance of Adrast (title role) by Franz Schubert and as 2nd Priest in Die Zauberflöte at the Landestheater Bregenz, conducted by Gérard Korsten. Further engagements included concerts at the Wiener Konzerthaus (Bach-Kantaten Abonnement-Zyklus at Wiener Konzerthaus conducted by Luca Pianca in May 2009), Wiener Musikverein, the European Opera Center Thessaloniki, with the Bach Consort at the Händel Festival in Halle, a concert performance at the Konzerthaus Vienna of Schubert´s Alfonso und Estrella with the Mozarteum Orchestra under Ivor Bolton, the Wagner Festival Wels, concerts with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the Arnold Schoenberg Chor at the Styriate and the Theater an der Wien and a concert tour with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre. Furthermore he gave his debut as Tamino at the Opera National de Lyon.
He records regularly for radio and CD in Austria and abroad. For the label BIS he recorded the role of Aret in Haydn´s Philemon und Baucis, issued on SACD. Furthermore he recorded vocal works by Anton Bruckner and Motets by Felix Mendelssohn with the Arnold Schoenberg Chor, in which Jan Petryka participated as soloist.