born in New York but grew up in Wheaton, Maryland. After completing his
undergraduate studies in composition at the New England Conservatory
Longy School of Music, he left for France, where he obtained a Master's
in musicology from the Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne. Lewis'
master's thesis, an analytical study written in French on the music of
Christian Wolff, was done at a time when very little serious academic
research had yet been done on the composer. His recent article, "An Analysis of Two Large-Scale Works by Christian Wolff,"
is published in Perspectives of New Music, vol. 55, no. 1 (Winter, 2017).
His work in musicology notwithstanding, Lewis' energies have always been
focused on his work as a composer. Lewis' music has been performed by many
soloists, chamber groups and orchestras, and in recent years he has
concentrated on composing microtonal music for unconventional ensemble types,
often incorporating guitar.
Lewis has received numerous awards as a composer, including grants from
the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and Meet the Composer.
Lewis serves on the music faculty of the University of the District of
Columbia, where he teaches courses in music theory, analysis, orchestration and music history.
addition, he teaches privately, directs the Washington D.C. - based Off
the Beaten Path Music Series (OBPMS) and serves on the board of the
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