Peter Ostroushko

Peter Ostroushko
Nationality United States of America
Genres Americana
Instruments mandolin · fiddle

Peter Ostroushko
Peter Ostroushko playing mandolin in 2014
Peter Ostroushko playing mandolin in 2014
Background information
Born(1953-08-12)August 12, 1953
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedFebruary 24, 2021(2021-02-24) (aged 67)
GenresAmericana, folk
Instrument(s)Mandolin, guitar, fiddle
LabelsRounder, Red House

Peter Ostroushko (August 12, 1953 – February 24, 2021) was an American violinist and mandolinist. He performed regularly on the radio program A Prairie Home Companion and with a variety of bands and orchestras in Minneapolis–Saint Paul and nationally. He won a regional Emmy Award for the soundtrack he composed for the documentary series Minnesota: A History of the Land (2005).

Background and career[edit | edit source]

Born August 12, 1953, and of Ukrainian ancestry, Ostroushko grew up in northeast Minneapolis where he first took up mandolin at age three. He released numerous recordings and was a regular performer on the A Prairie Home Companion radio program. He toured with Robin and Linda Williams, Norman Blake, and Chet Atkins. Ostroushko also worked with Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Johnny Gimble, Greg Brown, and John Hartford among many others.

Orchestral[edit | edit source]

Ostroushko performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Music from Heart of the Heartland was used by Ken Burns for the PBS documentary Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, and his arrangement of "Sweet Betsy from Pike" was used in Burns's Mark Twain.

Television and radio[edit | edit source]

Ostroushko appeared on television on Austin City Limits, Late Night with David Letterman, and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, as well as performing regularly on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. He died of heart failure on February 24, 2021 at the age of 67. and AllMusic.

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