Ondrej Krajňák

Piano virtuoso, composer, music designer, one of today’s most significant musicians. His father, Ondrej Krajòák senior, was a well-known professional piano player, as well as Ondrej’s greatest teacher: he taught Ondrej to love music. At the age of six, Ondrej started to study piano at the Music School in Levice (SK). At the time he was dedicated to classical music, he participated at several piano competitions and received many awards.

He listened to the jazz for the first time on the radio when he was ten – it was the music of Oscar Peterson. This music reached out to him and inspired him for his entire life. His father fully supported him and helped him to prepare for his first young musicians’ jazz festival in Žilina (SK). He received the “Festival Newcomer” award. When he graduated the musical school in Levice, he continued with his jazz piano studies at the Erkel Ferenc Music School in Budapest (HU), in Robert Ratnoy’s class. When he was eighteen, he represented his school at the Jazz Competition in Budapest, and received the “Solo Play Award”. Further, he received another special award at the jazz festival in Poland. After his graduation he received a scholarship at the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston (USA). The music of Johan Sebastian Bach, Bela Bartok, Frederic Chopin and Sergey Prokofyev remains his strongest musical inspiration, however, he was also influenced by other artists such as Oscar Peterson, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chick Corea and Adam Makowicz.

Ondrej has cooperated with many music formations all over the world. Together with Ida Kelarova he founded Jazz Famelija, and performed all over the Czech and Slovak Republic.