Petar was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and has lived in Canada since 1994. He received his Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Toronto and continued his studies at the American Academy of Conducting and at the University of Cincinnati. In 2002 he was the Assistant Conductor with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and in summer of 2004 served as a Resident Conductor at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Petar was the Assistant Conductor in Residence of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra 2006/08. Petar is currently the Director of the University Symphony and Academy Strings Orchestras at the University of Alberta.