"[Your music] really felt like it came from the heart -- it had a kind of originality to it. It felt like it had something to say."
-Music Teacher National Association
Louis A. Josephson (b. 2001) is a published and award-winning ASCAP composer from Central New Jersey who strives to speak to all audiences through thematically-driven musical works accomplished with a palette of rhythms and textures. Based in New York City, Louis is currently attending The Juilliard School as an undergraduate composition major studying with Robert Beaser.
Louis began composing and performing his own pieces for piano and voice at the age of three. Since then, his music has been performed and recorded by various ensembles in the United States and Europe including The United States Air Force Band, The Juilliard Orchestra, The Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra & Symphony, The NAfME All-National Honors Concert Band, The Sirius Quartet, The Atlanta Freedom Bands, The Westminster Community Orchestra, and by members of The New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony. His music has been premiered at music and theater festivals and conventions including The Tribeca New Music Festival, The Association of Concert Bands, the National Association of Music Educators, MakeMusic, and The 4th Annual Jersey Fringe Festival where his musical, Relapse The Musical made its world premiere and was the highest-earning production after requiring additional seating capacity for every show. Recently, Louis produced the Original Studio Cast Recording of his original musical Relapse the Musical. Currently, he has been working on a commission for a new musical called Dolhinov which is about a true story of a Jewish family escaping their home in Nazi-occupied modern-day Belarus.
Louis works professionally for The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra as a transcriber, editor, engraver, and audio engineer and formerly with Art of Sound Music as an engraver and editor. In addition, he teaches composition/theory privately at Through The Staff and has music directed and performed in various choirs, orchestras, bands, jazz ensembles, and musical pit orchestras as a pianist/keyboardist, percussionist, singer, and actor.
Louis has received first-prize awards from The Juilliard School Pre-College Composition Competition, The Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition, NAfME Student Composition Competition, The Association of Concert Bands Young Composer Competition, MakeMusic Young Composers Contest, and MYO Emerging Composers Competition. He has received honors for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Contest, The American Prize, the Maurice Ravel International Composition Competition, and The Young Composer’s Challenge.
Prior to Louis' undergraduate studies, he studied composition at the Juilliard Pre-College Division, and he studied music composition and conducting at the Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Summer Program and the Westminster Conservatory.
Louis is published by Wingert-Jones Publications, Inc.; A Division of J.W. Pepper & Son, Inc.