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*11 Dec 1968 Paris
Fabien Lévy was born on December 11th 1968 in Paris. Along with lessons in piano (classical and jazz) and organ playing, he also learned music analysis (1st Prize), orchestration (1st Prize), musicology, harmony and both instrumental and electroacoustic composition. During his years of study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, his studies included composition with Gérard Grisey and Marco Stroppa, analysis with Michael Levinas, ethnomusicology with Gilles Léothaud and orchestration with Marc-André Dalbavie; at the same time, he gained diplomas in mathematics and economics (Masters, ENSAE). After initial work as a researcher and teacher in the two latter domains, in 1994 he decided to devote himself entirely to music.
Alongside his activities as a composer, Lévy graduated at EHESS and CNRS with a thesis on the complexity of musical processes. He has already published numerous essays on music theory, and edited two collections. In 1998 he became artistic director of the Studio Online project at IRCAM (pedagogic advisor 1999-2000), as well as teaching part-time at the Musical Institute of the University of Paris (Sorbonne).
To date he has received prizes and awards from the Singer-Polignac Foundation (1995), the Fondation Royaumont (1997), SACEM (1998), the Berlin Artists Programme of the Deutscher Akademische Austauschdienst (with a one-year research residency in Berlin, in 2001) and the International Rostrum of Composers (2002). As recipient of the French Prix de Rome (November 2002), he spent a year at the French Villa Medicis academy in Rome.
Lévy lives and works in New York, where he is a Professor of Composition at Columbia University. Since early 2008 his works have been published by G. Ricordi & Co. in Munich.