Peter Ostroushko teaches fiddle/mandolin and improvisation at MacPhail Center for Music. One of the most accomplished instrumentalists and gifted composers of his generation, Peter is thrilled to join the faculty of teaching artists at the MacPhail Center for Music. Growing up in the Ukrainian community of northeast Minneapolis, Peter heard mandolin, balalaika and bandura tunes played by his father and family friends at get-togethers in their home and in church. After taking up instrument after instrument, Peter finally opted to concentrate on fiddle and mandolin. During the next three decades, he captured international attention for his performances with the likes of Bob Dylan, Chet Atkins, Emmy Lou Harris, Willie Nelson, Taj Mahal and more than 25 years as a frequent performer on A Prairie Home Companion.
Teaching has always been a part of his musical passion. He has given private lessons and workshops throughout North America and is looking forward to teaching students who want to expand their current studies to include fiddling styles and improvisation. His performing has taken him far and wide and given him a great appreciation of the many musical languages spoken on this planet. He is now focusing his energies on passing on his musical experience to others, especially the younger generation.