Fabien Lévy studied composition with Gérard Grisey at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris. He received a Ph.D. in musicology from the EHESS. He worked at IRCAM as pedagogical advisor (1999-2000) and lectured in the musicology dept at the Sorbonne University (Paris). He taught orchestration from 2004-2006 at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns-Eisler in Berlin (Germany), and was 2006-2012 Assistant Professor of Composition at Columbia University in New York (USA), 2012-2017 senior professor for composition at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in Germany, and is starting Oct. 2017 senior professor for composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” in Leipzig.
His works, published by Billaudot and Ricordi Germany, have been performed in the entire world by ensembles and soloists including J.-G. Queyras, the Ensemble Recherche, 2E2M, the Argento Ensemble, the neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, the Ensemble Modern, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra or the Berlin Radio Symphony orchestra. In 2001 he was resident of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogram in Berlin and in 2002-2003 of the Villa Medici / French academy in Rome. He won the 2004 Förderpreis from the Ernst von Siemens Foundation for music. He lives in Berlin.