Josh Modney is a violinist devoted to creative musicmaking. A “new-music luminary”, “superb violinist” (The New York Times) and “multitasking virtuoso” (The New Yorker) hailed for “brash, energetic performances” (The New York Times), Josh has performed at festivals and concert series across four continents and presented hundreds of premieres.
As violinist and Executive Director of the Wet Ink Ensemble and a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Josh has collaborated closely on new work with composers including Kate Soper, Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels, Andrew Greenwald and Rick Burkhardt, and worked with major figures including Kaija Saariaho, Mathias Spahlinger, Helmut Lachenmann, George Lewis, Christian Wolff, and Peter Ablinger. Josh performed internationally with the Mivos Quartet for 8 years, a vital new-music string quartet that he co-founded in 2008.
As an improviser, Josh has performed with artists including Sam Pluta, Nate Wooley and Patrick Higgins (ZS), among others, has a forthcoming release of improvised chamber music for violin and guitar on NNA tapes, “EVRLY MVSIC” (with Patrick Higgins), and recently recorded “Engage”, his debut album of original music for solo violin. Josh has a passion for large-scale performance projects, and has presented evening-length chamber works including Mathias Spahlinger’s “extension”, for violin and piano (with Wet Ink’s Eric Wubbels) and Wolfgang Rihm’s “Musik für Drei Streicher” (with ICE), as well as adventurous interpretations of J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin informed by his work with Just Intonation. Josh has recorded for Carrier Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Sound American Publications, hat[now]ART, Nonesuch, Ex Cathedra, and Tzadik Records.
Please browse the website for news, media, upcoming events, and information about Josh’s current projects, or feel free to contact him.
“EVRLY MVSIC” (NNA Tapes) featured in The Wire
Proud to announce this new duo album with dear friend and collaborator Patrick Higgins on NNA Tapes! Stream the album on The Wire.
“EVRLY MVSIC’ presents an incredibly original fusion between ancient European musical history and distinctly American experimentalism, hinged on the nexus between improvisation and chamber music, and fueled by a deeply personal musical alliance”. Pre-order HERE
Josh Modney in the PSNY Greenroom
A recent profile of Josh in the “Greenroom”, a blog series focused on the work of composers published by PSNY. Please read HERE
Upcoming events include performances of “Pierrot Lunaire” with Tony Arnold and the International Contemporary Ensemble, a Wet Ink season opener celebrating the release of Alex Mincek’s “Torrent”, and much more!