Fabien Lévy

(1968 - )

Fabien Lévy was born in December 1968 in Paris. Along with the study of piano (classic and jazz) and organ, he studied musical analysis (1st Prize), orchestration (1st prize), musicology, harmony, electroacoustic and instrumental composition. Also a graduate in mathematics and economics, he first worked in parallel as a researcher and lecturer in both fields, before he decided to work full-time in music in 1994. Between 1996 and 2001, whilst attending the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, he studied composition with Gérard Grisey, analysis with Mïchael Levinas, ethnomusicology with Gilles Leothaud and orchestration with Marc-André Dalbavie.

Along with his compositional activities, he received a Ph.D. on the complexity of musical processes at EHESS and CNRS and has written numerous theoretical articles. He worked at IRCAM, first in 1998 as artistic director of the Studio Online Project, and then as pedagogical advisor for the organisation of colloquium and cultural events (1999-2000). He also lectured at the musicology dept. at the Sorbonne-University (Paris), and taught 2004-2006 orchestration for the composition students at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns-Eisler in Berlin (Germany). He is currently assistant-professor in Composition at the Columbia University in New-York (USA).

As a composer, he is laureate of the Singer-Polignac Foundation (1995) and the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogram (residency of one year in 2001 in Berlin). Its orchestral work Hérédo-Ribotes was nominated at the international Rostrum of composers (2002). He received the french Rom prize (residency in 2002 in the Villa Medicis / French academy in Rome). He won in 2004 the Förderpreis of the foundation Ernst von Siemens for the music.

His works for soloists, chamber music, ensemble, orchestra (used as a big ensemble of soloists) or computer, have been performed across Europe and the United States, by ensembles and soloists including C. Delangle, the Composer's ensemble, the NEIC, Itinéraire, TM+, the London Sinfonietta, the Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt, the Habanera Quartet, the Arte Quartet, the National Orchestra of Toulouse, the Berlin Radio Symphony orchestra, ... The works currently focuse on the relation between the whole and the detail, paradoxes of the perception and the musical grammatology, and techniques of cross-rhythms generalized to every musical parameter. The instrumental works are all published by Billaudot.