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Samuel Ostroff

Composer, Producer, Pianist

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Samuel Ostroff’s compositions reflect a "sensitivity and lyricism beyond his years" (San Francisco Composer's Chamber Orchestra). Influenced by diverse musicians such as Joe Hisaishi, Maurice Ravel, and Brad Mehldau, his music incorporates elements of classical music, golden age film scores, and indie rock. 

 

An active composer of film and game music, Sam has written music for projects such as HBO "We're Here" and "Swiping America," Apple short documentary "Poached" directed by David Gelb (Chef's Table), and "To The Lights," which won Best Narrative at NFFTY 2023. He recently recorded and arranged the track "Bounty Hunter Variations" for the game Turbo Overkill, created by Apogee Entertainment.

Alongside his work as a film composer, Sam is also an active composer of classical music. In 2020, the ensemble yMusic (Classical Billboard #1 for 43 weeks) premiered "Running Water Can See No Stars." Other concert works include "Allegro for String Quartet" and "Two Landscapes" (winners of the U.S. National Foundation for the Arts' YoungArts competition); "Caro Son Tua Cosí" recorded by Hila Plitmann (GRAMMY Winner, Best Classical Vocal Performance); and "Patch:Channel," a live dance piece scored for string quartet and loop pedal.

As a producer, arranger, and engineer, Sam has helped artists bring their music into recorded format for digital release. Artists he has worked with include Vincent Lima, eymii, and Zach Moses; as well as classical artists like Benefic Piano Trio, Mixtape Quartet, and the Burbank Philharmonic.

 

Ostroff studied at the University of Southern California, where he was mentored by composers including Ted Hearne, Vince Mendoza, and Thomas Newman. When not writing music, Sam can be found hiking, surfing, and playing with his dog, Joy, and his hamster, Mocha. 

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  • Scoring (film, shows, games)

  • Arranging (strings, orchestral)

  • Production (songs, instrumental, live)

  • Recording/mixing/mastering

  • Classical ensemble commissions

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