Victor Ostrovsky is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser, passionate about inspiring the appreciation of music in all its forms.
As an educator, I aim to share the knowledge I’ve gained from years of instrumental training, obsessive listening, and collaborative playing in various settings. With a decade of experience teaching students of all ages, starting at all skill levels from beginner to advanced, I bring an enthusiastic and intuitive approach to my lessons. Committed to fostering a comfortable and positive learning environment, I enjoy tailoring my teaching style to adapt to the needs of a student or group class.
My aim with every student is to guide them toward their musical goals, while opening up the possibilities of their chosen instrument. I’ve helped students prepare for RCM exams at all levels, perform solo and group arrangements at recitals, and learn to play their favorite songs. I am particularly excited about introducing students to the practice of improvisation, as it empowers newcomers with a sense of accomplishment and freedom in their playing. I enjoy the opportunity to expand a student’s repertoire, and to introduce a wide variety of styles that can spark their curiosity in music.
My primary training began at age 5 and included 13 years of RCM preparation on the piano. Along the way I branched out to the drums, then bass and finally guitar, teaching myself the techniques I felt I required to perform the sounds I was pursuing. Exploring instruments this way exposed me to many disparate styles of playing, along with music from various cultures and disciplines — bossa nova, reggae, Afrobeat, Indian classical, Anatolian rock, to name a few. I’ve had the opportunity to explore the influence of these styles in my solo recordings, as well as through playing in local bands and improvised jazz ensembles. These days I continue to perform, record, and score short films, all of which I consider part of the learning experience.