is appreciated as one of the most respectable European conductors of his generation. He studied piano, trombone, and conducting (1995-2000 Prague Conservatory, 2000-2005 Academy of Performing Arts Prague) with prof. Miroslav Košler, Miriam Němcová, Jiří Bělohlávek, Radomil Eliška, František Vajnar, and others. He completed his studies in the masterclass of the Principal Conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra prof. Kurt Masur in Wroclaw (Poland).
Between 2002-2009 he was the Permanent Conductor of the National Theatre Brno and the Music Director of the Municipal Theatre Brno` since 2005 he is the Permanent Conductor in the Pilsner Theatre. As a guest, Petrdlík regularly cooperates with main opera scenes in Europe and America (e.g. Teatro di Messina, Theatre du Capitol de Toulouse, MTM Theatre Warsaw, North Texas University Opera, National Theatre Prague, Prague Chamber Opera etc.).
In the field of symphonic music, Jiří Petrdlík conducts the most important Czech and foreign orchestras (Prague Symphony Orchestra, Czech Radio SO, Czech National SO, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc, North Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra Teplice, South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra České Budějovice, Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra Katowice, MTM Orchestra Warsaw a.o.). Petrdlík regularly appears in various prominent music festivals in Europe, Japan, and USA. From season 2011/2012 he was appointed as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
He has developed large activity as a choirmaster (between 2002-2010 Choirmaster of the Charles University Choir, since 2009 Artistic Director of the Prague Mixed Choir), musicologist (Charles University Prague), publisher, and pedagog (Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory Prague). Petrdlík successfully took part in several competitions (e.g. Prague Cantat, American Opera Competition, D. Flick Conductor Competition London). He is a permanent member of the Jury of Praga Cantat Competition, Committee of the Dvořák´s Society in Czech Republic, and founder of the Fibich´s Society. His wide repertory contains compositions of various musical genres, styles, and periods. In the field of discography, Petrdlík often turns attention to the rare performed titles (e.g. Gluck - Ezio - world premiere recording of Prague version of the opera, Beethoven - Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II and Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II, Foerster - Glagolitic Mass, Fibich - Missa brevis a.o.)