Ionel Petroi is a prolific composer who has written more than 90 orchestral, chamber music, ballet music, film music, opera and instrumental ensemble works, many of which were performed by the Belgrade Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Orchestre d’lle de France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Radio France Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France and others.
After winning the prestigious First Prize in Composition, “Stevan Hristic” at the Belgrade Conservatory in 1983, Mr. Petroi moved to Paris, where he continued his postgraduate studies at the Conservatoire National Superiur de Musique in Paris, winning the Premier Prix of 1988, in Composition. His main teachers there were Claude Ballif (composition) and Marius Constant (orchestration). While at the Paris Conservatoire, he was under the tutorship of many greats: Massiaen, Ligeti, Xenakis and Boulez.
A charismatic performer and comfortable at playing three different instruments (achordion, piano and double bass), Ionel Petroi was a Principal Double Bass player in Belgrade’s original “Dusan Skovran” Chamber Orchestra as well as at the Orchestre du Conservatoire National de Paris and Ensemble Itinerairer in Paris.
His works have been broadcasted in France by Radio France, TF1, FR2, FR3 and Canal Plus, as well as by many radio and television programs in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Spain, Yugoslavia, Romania, Russia and the USA. Works by Ionel Petroi are published by Universal Music Publishing Classical (Durand, Salabert), Ricordi and IBOX. Petroi's music is distributed by iTunes, Amazon, Yahoo Music, Rhapsody, Napster, CDBaby among others.