The performances of Marcus Ostermiller, lauded as a “contemporary music champion,” have been described as “virtuosic” and “compelling” (Broadway World). Notable public appearances include Hamilton Recital Hall (Denver), the Great Hall at Cooper Union (New York), the Nels-Atkins Museum (Kansas City), Black Box Theatre (New York), Spectrum (New York), the United States Embassy (Vienna), and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York).
Ostermiller holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, as well as a Master of Music and Ph.D. in Music Performance from New York University’s Steinhardt School. He was awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship to fund all six years of his graduate studies. While at NYU, Ostermiller wrote a doctoral dissertation, Musical Responses to AIDS: Meaning and Signification in Two Works for Solo Piano by Robert Savage and Kevin Oldham. He specializes in the performance of works by American composers who died of complications from AIDS during the late twentieth century.
An advocate for HIV/AIDS treatment and awareness, Ostermiller has produced, hosted, and performed in benefits for organizations such as the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, New York AIDS Walk, Colorado AIDS Project, Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, Bailey House, and the Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund. He also serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), an institute at New York University devoted to HIV-specific behavioral research.
Ostermiller works as a Piano Instructor at the British International School of New York and the Nord Anglia International School of New York. From 2006-2007, he served as Vice President of the Denver Area Music Teachers Association (MTNA). Now a member of the Executive Board of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, he serves as Co-Chair of the organization’s annual Honors Program, a youth piano competition that culminates in cash prizes and performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
Ostermiller is featured on composer Lawrence Axelrod’s 2016 album, The Heart Revived (Innova Recordings).