Born in Warsaw as son of a musical parents, Jan Petryka started studying cello at the Brucker Conservatory in Linz. During the subsequent years, he won numerous awards both as solo-cellist and as chambermusician.
Jan Petryka started studying singing with Gertrud Schulz in Linz and continued his studies as solosinger with Rotraud Hansmann as well as Lied and Oratorio with KS Marjana Lipovsek at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna where he finished his studies with distinction.
In sacral music, he 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.
Jan Petryka sings with ensembles like the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Chorus sine nomine, Clemencic Concort, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Neue Oper Wien, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Wien, Wiener Akademie, Wiener Kammerochester 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 Händel´s “Alcina” and (extracts) of Tom Rakewell in “The Rake´s Progress”. Recently he could be seen in the roles of Bartholomew in Birtwistle´s “The Last Supper” for the Neue Oper Wien, Junker Spärlich in “Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor” at the Festival Leoben in Steiermark and various roles in the children´s opera “Traumfresserchen” at the Vienna State Opera. Most recently, he sang the roles of Brabantischer Edler in “Lohengrin” at the Wagner Festival in Wels and Jaquino in “Fidelio” with the Pannonische Philharmonie.
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 Choir, in which Jan Petryka participated as soloist. He is price winner of the International Competition for Operetta and Viennese Song Competition in Baden bei Wien and the Competition for Contemporary Song oft he Petyrek-Lang Foundation in Vienna.
Last season he sang in concerts with the Clemencic Consort, in the first complete performance of Adrast (title role) by Franz Schubert and as 2nd Priest in The Magic Flute at the Landestheater Bregenz, conducted by Gérard Korsten. Further engagements included concerts at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Musikverein and at the European Opera Center Thessaloniki.
This season he sang again in Schmidt's Das Buch mit den Sieben Siegeln conducted by Alois J. Hochstrasser; other appearances include concerts 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 and as Grail Knight in Parsifal at the Wagner Festival Wels..