The Polish tenor, Jerzy Knetig, first studied engineering at the Warsaw Polytechnic, where he graduated in 1973. He then went on to study solo singing under Eugenia Szaniawska at the Secondary Music School in Warsaw, where he graduated with honours in 1977. That same year he began to take private singing lessons from Mieczyslaw Salecki and then Stanislawa Zawadzka. He finished the Academy of Music in Kraków, where he studied under Professor Helena Lazarska, with honours. In 1983-1984 Knetig obtained a year's grant from the Austrian government and went to the College of Music in Vienna to improve his skills further under Kurt Equiluz.
Jerzy Knetig has worked with the National Philharmonic in Warsaw since 1981 and the Kraków Opera since 1982. He joined the Warsaw Chamber Opera as a soloist in 1986 and has travelled all over Europe with this group. He has sung at many festivals, including Wratislavia Cantans, Warsaw Autumn, Berliner Festwochen, Caryntiche Sommer, Salzburger Festspiele, The European Music Festival in Berlin and Tokyo, and the Monreale Oratory Music Festival in Palermo. He has been invited to sing in operas and oratorio concerts in many countries in Europe, Japan (where he did an opera tour singing Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro in November and December 1999) and Israel. He has sung at the La Scala, the Wiener Staatsoper and the Theater an der Wien. Recently Knetig took part in the official inauguration concert of the "Krzysztof Penderecki year" at the Kraków Philharmonic, conducted by Jan Krentz (L.v. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony). He also performed Ave Maria for the 1998 anime Cowboy Bebop.
Jerzy Knetig's repertoire includes several dozen operas (mostly Mozart), about 110 oratorio parts (including both of J.S. Bach's Passions) and over 300 songs. He has also made numerous radio performances and sound recordings, including the archival recording of all of Ignacy Jan Paderewski's songs.
In 1991 Jerzy Knetig began to teach at the The Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music (FCAM) in Warsaw, where he has his own solo singing class. He has been a professor since 1999. His students have won many awards at Polish national vocal competitions. In 1996 he also began to teach singing at the Secondary Music School in Warsaw where he is now Deputy Director. He and his pupils produced Paisiello's full-scale opera Il due Contesse in April 1999. He was head of the Chair of Vocal Studies at the FCAM in 2005-2008. In 2008 he was elected dean of the Department of Vocal Studies.