Sergey Ostrovsky

Haute École de Musique de Genève
First violinist and founder of the Aviv Quartet
AIMS Academy 31/O7-1O/O8/2021


  • Individual master classes for violin
  • Audition training
  • Opportunities to perform on stage as a soloist or in chamber groups
  • Selected students will experience the Festival Orchestra
Sergey Ostrovsky is faculty member of the AIMS Academy and performer of the AIMS Festival since 2011.

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 String Quartet first violinist, soloist, violin and chamber music professor of Haute École de Musique de Genève (Neuchâtel Branch) and a first concertmaster of Orquestra del Palau des les Arts de la Comunitat Valenciana in Spain.

As a first violinist and a founder in 1996 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 for Chamber Music by Pais Lottery of Israel. With the Aviv Quartet, Sergey appeared in every continent around the world, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, Sydney Opera House, Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Auditorium de Louvre and Theatre du Châtelet in Paris, Wiener Konzerthaus, Cologne Philharmonie, concert tours in 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 Journées de Nantes, several recordings on label Naxos (F.A.Hoffmeister, Erwin Schulhoff, Erno Dohnanyi) and Dalia Classics (Shostakovich) , during 15 years of a successful career , made the group known as one of the top class string quartets on a stage of chamber music around the globe.

His solo appearances including Orchestre de la Suisse Romande , Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, 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.

Sergey recorded for EMI Classics Mozart Concertone for 2 violins, together with Maxim Vengerov and Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, and in 2010 Sergey recorded for Naxos, a new album, featuring less 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.

In 2009, Sergey was appointed as a violin professor at Haute École de Musique de Genève (known earlier as Geneva Conservatory) at the Neuchâtel branch.