Leader of the celebrated Aviv Quartet, ex first concertmaster of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and professor of violin at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve, Sergey Ostrovsky performs as a soloist around the world working with such great names as Zubin Mehta and Maxim Vengerov.
Described by Isaac Stern as “..one of the most outstanding Israeli violinists” , Sergey Ostrovsky,who was born in 1975 in Russia, in a family of musicians, today, has built an active and successful career as Aviv Quartet first violinist, Soloist, Violin and Chamber music Professor of Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve (Neuchatel Branch) and a First concertmaster of Orchestre de la Palau des les Arts de Comunidad Valenciana in Spain.
As the first violinist and founder of the Aviv String Quartet, Sergey won several top prizes at the International Competitions, such as Grand Prix at 3rd Melbourne Chamber Music Competition, Bordeaux String Quartet Competition, Prague Spring Competition, “Schubert and Modernity” Competition in Graz, Austria, as well as the Israeli Prize of Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education of Germany and Chamber Music Yearly Prize - awarded by Pais Lottery of Israel.
His solo appearances including Orchestre de la Suisse Romande , Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Communidad Valenciana, Cape Town Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic , Brooklyn Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others, with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Yoel Levi, Hugh Wolff, Bernard Guller, Uriel Segal, Maxim Vengerov and others.
With the Aviv Quartet, Sergey has appeared in every continent around the world, from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, to Sydney Opera House, Wigmore Hall , Royal Festival Hall in London, Auditorium de Louvre, Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Wiener Konzerthaus and Cologne Philharmonie. Concert tours take Sergey to South Africa, Australia, Canada, China, United States, Brazil, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Austria and many other countries.
Participation in Festivals such as Verbier, Ex-en Provence, Storioni, Festival of Davos, Festival of Quartets in Luberon, Folles Journees de Nantes, several recordings on label Naxos (F.A.Hoffmeister, Erwin Schulhoff, Erno Dohnanyi) and Dalia Classics (Shostakovich) , make the group known as one of the top class string quartets on a stage of chamber music around the globe.
Sergey has recorded for EMI Classics, Mozart Concertone for 2 violins, with Maxim Vengerov and Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and in 2010 he recorded a new album for Naxos, featuring lesser known russian concertos by Anton Arensky, Jules Conus and a World premiere recording of a Concertino op 42 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
Between 2007 and 2012 Sergey served as a First Concertmaster of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Switzerland and in 2009, was appointed as a Violin Professor at Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve at the Neuchatel Branch.
And now, combining his busy concert schedule and teaching position, his students are performing around the world as solo violinists and chamber musicians. As an extension of his violin teaching position, Sergey teaches Chamber music and is involved in conducting youth and professional orchestras.
Sergey Ostrovsky is playing on a 1716 violin, made by Giovanni Grancino, which was purchased with the generous support of Mr. James Mayer and “Tzfonot Tarbut” non profit organisation for supporting arts in Israel.
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