Yosi Levy was born in Jaffa Israel. He started playing the guitar when he was 12



years old. He studied classical guitar with –Menashe Bakish-and jazz with-Egon



Kerten.Yosi received scholarships from the “Israel-America cultural foundation”.





After military service in an army band Yosi started playing with leading jazz



musicians in Israel such as: Roman Kuntzman, Peter Wertiemer, and Danny Gottfried to



name a few.





Yosi continued studying in New-York City in Mannes College of Music there he



studied classical guitar with- Fred Hand. He also studied jazz with Jack Wilkins, Adolphe



Sandole, and Charlie Banacos.





 In New York he recorded with the great Dave Liebman the album “The House on



Lefferts Blvd” .The album was released in Israel on the – M.C.I. label and



received great reviews.





Back in Israel Yosi formed groups of his own and was a member in other various



bands. With them he performed in many festivals and clubs in Israel and around the



world from “The Red Sea Jazz Festival”in Israel to “Jazz Yatra”in India. Yosi



played with: Frank Gambale, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Kenny Werner, Jeff Berlin, Mordy



Ferber, and Bob Gilloty and with Israeli artists-Gilad Atzmon in the group “Shpil”



as well as with Alon Nadel in the group “Jazzeppelin”. He played with The Israeli



Philharmonic Orchestra under the conducting of maestro Zubin Meta, maestro



Daniel Birenbaum ,and maestro Mstislav Rostropovich.





He also played and collaborated with leading Israeli singers and songwriters such 


as, Yoni Rechter, Shem Tov Levy, Yosi Banai, Ester Ofarim and Gidi Gov.





Yosi formed a unique acoustic group called   “The Yosi Levy AcousticProject”  The



group fuses modern jazz and ethnic Israeli music and includes Ilan Salem and


recently Itai Kriss on flute and the great Indian tabla player Bikram Gosh who



plays regularly with sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. The group performed over the



years in India, Israel, and recently in Shangahi China with flautist Itai kriss and tabla



player-kaushik konwar.



The “Project” released an album in a trio format (with-Ilan Salem and Bickram



Ghosh) which is published independently and a new album in a duo format (with-Itai



Kriss) and will be released in winter 2013.      





In the last few years Yosi has also performed in a solo format with an acoustic and



classical guitars playing modern jazz mixed with classical influences.



Yosi is the head of the guitar department at the Berkley affiliated “Rimon School of Jazz and 


ContemporaryMusic”, and teaches at the “Jerusalem Academy of Music”.