Director of guitar studies
Active performer on classical guitar and frequent guest lecturer on classical guitar technique and structured/strategic practice at many crucial institutions of higher education in the US and abroad.
Ability to attract the interest of non-music majors to join the elective music courses, and to successfully introduce the joy of music making to college student’s lives, increasing the classical music audiences and helping with music classes enrollment numbers, and possibly creating more music majors.
Highly entrepreneurial, I strive to engage the community into the guitar life by bringing acclaimed musicians to the local scene through my many professional connections, sparking the interest in classical guitar’s beautiful sound and repertoire.
Ever since I was I was a teenager, I have been entering international guitar competitions. By the time I was 30, I was the gold medalist or the top prizewinner in sixteen major international guitar competitions around the world. The list includes:
2003 Niccolo Paganini (Parma, Italy), Sinaya Guitar Competition (Sinaya, Romania), Volos Guitar Festival (Greece), Guitar Competition Anna Amalia (Weimar, Germany), Texas Guitar Competition (Dallas, TX), Schadt String Competition (Allentown, PA), South West Guitar Festival & International Competition (San Antonio, TX), Boston Guitar Fest, JoAnn Falleta International Guitar Concerto Competition (Buffalo, NY), Tokyo Guitar Competition, Wilson Center Guitar Competition, and more.
I’ve performed solo and in front of symphony orchestras in 19 countries around the world, in venues like Tokyo’s Nikkei Hall, Russian Kazan Philharmonic Hall, Honolulu’s Orvis Auditorium, and Ankara’s Bilkent Theater.
I’ve worked closely and performed with names like JoAnne Falleta and Buffalo Philharmonic, Leo Brouwer and Greek Camerata, and Bujor Hoinic and Turkish Bilkent Symphony.
At the age of 20, I was selected to substitute the world’s best know classical guitarist, the Grammy Award winner John Williams, and I took his spot perform the Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez at the 5th Guitar Art Festival.
My debut CD Album “First Born” has received rave peer reviews in major guitar magazines like the Guitar Foundation of America’s Soundboard, and the Italian Seicorde.
“Professor Ostojic has been a great instructor in our lessons and I have been able to gain a large amount of knowledge about the guitar in the short amount of time that I have been learning from him. I can already see much improvement in my skills both reading music and playing new music in a relatively short amount of time. I have a long way to go, but he has been absolutely astounding in his teaching by being patient with me and giving constructive advice for me to further hone my skills on the guitar. I appreciate his help greatly and I am so glad that I decided to learn from him.” – Samuel Ferran ’16