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.



“Ipsa Dixit” in The New Yorker
A profile of Kate Soper’s “Ipsa Dixit”, a “tour de force” written over 6 years in collaboration with The Wet Ink Ensemble. Please read 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


Spectral Streams – ICE and Itineraire
April 25 – May 2, 2017
Roulette; Abrons Arts Center; Dartmouth College

ICE and French spectral champions Ensemble Itineraire team up for a series of concerts honoring the legacy of spectral music. More info on ICE’s website.

Wet Ink Festival of Adventurous Music for Large Ensemble & 2nd Annual Large Ensemble Readings
June 12-14, 2017
St. Peter’s Church, Chelsea

The Wet Ink Large Ensemble returns with a 2-night festival of ambitious, large-scale music in June, featuring works by the Wet Ink composers, Mikolaj Laskowski, and much more, alongside the second annual Large Ensemble Readings project, an initiative designed to provide three composers with the opportunity to have their music workshopped and documented by the Wet Ink Large Ensemble in an intensely focused, constructive, and friendly environment. More info on Wet Ink’s website

Solo Bach Recital: the Sonatas & Partitas in Just Intonation
July 2nd, 2017
The Walden School Young Musicians Program
Dublin, NH

Josh will kick off the 2017 Walden School Young Musicians Program with a recital of Bach’s solo violin works in an adventurous just-tuned interpretation. Featuring Sonatas in G Minor & C Major and Partitas in B Minor & D Minor. Details to be announced.

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