Born in 1979, Ondrej Sarek earned a master's degree in Composition at The Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts while simultaneously studying Musicology at The Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University in Brno in the Czech Republic. An award-winning participant in several composition competitions, his chamber orchestra, symphonic and choral works are performed internationally. He has also written three mini-operas plus music for film, television, and theater productions. As a skillful multi-instrumentalist, he devotes his time to playing and composing for piano, guitar, banjo, ukulele, Irish bouzouki, concertina, diatonic accordion, and mandola. He has arranged solo collections for various instruments, many of which have been released by Mel Bay Publications. Ondrej is also one of the leading arrangers of music for the ukulele, an instrument he hopes will regain its former prominence.