Josh Levine is an American composer based most recently at the University of Iowa. In his music, Levine explores the unity of memory and imagination through ever-changing manifestations of the work’s core materials in a network of processes inspired by movement and the contemplation of change both in the physical world and the psyche.
As a Radcliffe fellow, Levine will work on a cycle of interrelated pieces for string quartet and subsets thereof, Again not the same river, investigating interactions between cyclical architectonics and evolving material that reflect the complex juxtaposition in our lives of recurrence and change. Although strikingly distinct from each other, the pieces will share significant structural and behavioral traits.
Levine earned doctoral and master’s degrees in composition from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and an undergraduate degree in classical guitar from Musik Akademie Basel, in Switzerland. His music has been commissioned and performed worldwide by prominent new music soloists, ensembles, and conductors, with recordings released on the harmonia mundi and New Focus labels. Twice a prizewinner at the Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition, his work has been further supported by awards and grants from the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Fondation Isabelle Zogheb, Oberlin College, the Simón I. Patiño Foundation, and UCSD. He has served on the faculties of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University and taught composition as a visiting faculty member at Harvard University, June in Buffalo, the soundSCAPE festival, in Italy, and Stanford University.