Josh Modney is a NYC-based violinist, violist and improviser dedicated to performing contemporary music, collaborating closely with composers on new work over extended time periods, and exploring adventurous interpretations of the standard repertoire.

A “superb violinist” and “new-music luminary” hailed for “brash, energetic performances” (The New York Times), Josh is a co-director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a unique collection of composers, improvisers, and interpreters committed to making adventurous music, and a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).  Josh has performed at festivals and concert series across four continents, presented hundreds of premieres, and worked closely with major figures including Mathias Spahlinger, Helmut Lachenmann, George Lewis, Christian Wolff, and Peter Ablinger.

Josh’s repertoire encompasses a wide range, from J.S Bach to seminal Late 20th Century works by Bernard Parmegiani, Luciano Berio and Kaija Saariaho, and new compositions by some of today’s most innovative and exciting composers.  Deep collaboration with composers is a focus of Josh’s activities, and he has developed new large-scale work with composers including Kate Soper, Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels, Sam Pluta, Rick Burkhardt, Patrick Higgins and Scott Wollschleger, to name a few.

Please browse the website for news, media, upcoming events, and information about Josh’s current projects, or feel free to contact him.


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


Sky Macklay Portrait Concert
October 22nd, 2016, 8pm
Spectrum NYC

A portrait of Sky’s work presented by Contemporary Insights. Josh will perform works for violin & piano and violin & electronics.

Kate Soper’s “Ipsa Dixit” @ Smith College
October 28th, 2016
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
Northampton, MA

The premiere performance of the complete music to Kate Soper’s “Ipsa Dixit”, an extended quasi-theatrical chamber work written for Wet Ink members Erin Lesser, Josh Modney & Ian Antonio. Premiere of the fully staged version coming to NYC in February 2017.

Patrick Higgins: TOCSIN
November 3rd & 4th, 2016
Pioneer Works
Redhook, Brooklyn

Pioneer Works presents two evening length concerts of the music of Patrick Higgins, performed by some of New York’s most acclaimed ensembles. Featuring Vicky Chow, Mivos Quartet, and Wet Ink Ensemble, this program of three compositions for string quartet, piano trio, and chamber orchestra will be paired with an immersive installation and visual content inspired by the musical scores and in collaboration with visual artists Tauba Auerbach and Alexander Arroyo.

OpenICE @ Abrons Arts Center
November 10th-12th, 2016
Abrons Arts Center, NYC

A series of OpenICE events, including a concert curated by Josh Modney (Nov 10th), which will include works by Andrew Greenwald (a world premiere solo violin piece, written for Josh), Mathias Spahlinger, Natacha Diels, Guillaume DuFay, Georges Aperghis, and Evan Johnson.

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