John Ostrowski

Percussion - Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion

New York City free-lance percussionist, John Ostrowski has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and New York City Opera. He has appeared on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series under the direction of Pierre Boulez and has performed with Joshua Bell on the violinist’s carte blanche at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Mr. Ostrowski has participated in the Lincoln Center Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival.

Pursuing his interest to explore various styles of music, Mr. Ostrowski is a percussion-substitute for the Broadway musicals Mamma Mia!, Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked. In 2010, he served as a split-chair member of the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular! Orchestra. In the fall of 2007, he toured Europe with the crossover group Absolute Ensemble and members of the fusion band created by the late Joe Zawinul, the Z Syndicate. He has performed with orchestras that have accompanied popular artists: Sting, Sir Elton John, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Shirley Bassey, Amy Grant and The Roots.

Mr. Ostrowski is a percussion faculty member at the 3rd Street Music School Settlement and a percussion instructor at ‘47’ The American Sign Language & English Secondary School. Keeping a busy teaching schedule, Mr. Ostrowski serves as a chamber music coach at the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar and has lead sectionals at the New York Youth Symphony. He has also collaborated with the New York Philharmonic’s Educational Outreach Department. He holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University.


Master of Music
Bachelor of Music


The Juilliard School
Northwestern University


Michael Burritt, International Marimba Soloist, Percussion professor and department head at the Eastman School of Music
James Ross, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Druckman, New York Philharmonic


Orchestra of St. Luke's
Phantom of the Opera
Mamma Mia!


Lincoln Center Festival
Mostly Mozart Festival
Verbier Festival
Lucerne Festival