The music of American composer Josh Levine has been commissioned and performed by prominent new music soloists and ensembles in venues ranging from IRCAM and the Cité de la Musique in Paris to Merkin Hall in New York, from festivals in Melbourne and Los Angeles to the World New Music Days in Stockholm. His tape piece, Tel, was awarded First Prize (1987) and a Euphonie d’0r (1992) at the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition. Recordings of his works have been broadcast internationally and released on the harmonia mundi and New Focus labels.
Following classical guitar studies in Basel, Switzerland, Levine’s focus shifted to composition under the tutelage of Balz Trümpy. Further studies took him to the Paris Conservatory (1985-86 with Guy Reibel) and IRCAM. He worked for several years in Europe as a free-lance composer and guitarist in such noted new music ensembles as Contrechamps before earning his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego under the primary mentorship of Brian Ferneyhough. From 2000-08, he lectured in composition, electronic music, and music theory at San Francisco State University before serving as Assistant Professor of Composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 2008-15. He has also taught composition at UCSD, as guest faculty at Stanford University and Harvard University, as composer-in-residence at the soundSCAPE festival in Italy, as senior faculty at the June in Buffalo festival, and in master classes across the U.S. Currently he is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa School of Music, where he teaches applied composition and courses in the Electronic Music Studios.