As one of the young emerging composers, Michele Josia's work encompasses film soundtracks, choral and orchestral works, and far more than merely a composer, he's also a well known choir conductor. With his ensemble, he won several first prizes and special awards in national and international choral competitions (Skofja Loka, Maribor, Bad Ischl, Riva del Garda, Bratislava) as well as getting official awards by the government of Slovenia. He was assistant conductor of Fabrizio Barchi, Stojan Kuret, Ursa Lah and co-founder with Mauro Marchetti of the Italian – Slovenian choir “Vocalkor”. With a background experience gained in more than 20 years, Josia has assets of more than 190 concerts in Europe, including the direction and performances of his compositions in renowned international competitions (Maribor, Varna, Tolosa, Vittorio Veneto) as well as in important concert halls such as the Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, the “Cankariev Dom” in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the Mozarteum Concert Hall in Salzburg. With his ensembles, as conductor and assistant conductor, he recorded 20 CDs. He is often appointed as a jury member in composition competitions and in international choral competition contests, as well as lecturer in choral conducting and film music masterclasses. A polyhedric and multi-talented musician, Josia combines his academic knowledge of orchestration, composition, human voice and choirs, with the today’s new technology of digital instruments, which perfectly match with visual images.
Among his works, Josia collaborated as choir conductor assistant with Ennio Morricone in the preparation of the soundtracks of films such as “Vatel”, directed by Roland Joffè, “Aida degli alberi” (Aida of the trees) by G. Manuli, “Padre Pio tra cielo e terra” (Padre Pio between Heaven and earth) by Giulio Base, “La Piovra 10” by Luigi Perelli, and also in “Giuseppe di Nazareth”, directed by Raffaele Mertes, with music by Marco Frisina.
Michele Josia was music consultant (uncredited) for the feature-length film "Amanda Knox: murder on trial in Italy", directed by Robert Dorhelm, produced by LifeTime TV and Craig Anderson Productions (U.S.A.), and starring Hayden Panettiere. Later on, he was guest lecturer for film music at the prestigious Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking in Sedona, Arizona (U.S.A.) invited by Dan Gordon, one of the most well-known Hollywood screenwriter (Wyatt Earp, The Hurricane, Passenger 57, Murder in the First, The Assignment). In December 2011, his music was performed by the renowned American composer, conductor and Grammy Award winner Eric Whitacre.
Josia makes his feature –length film debut in 2012 with Fairytale, produced by RAI CINEMA, starring Harriet Macmasters-Green, Giuliano Montaldo, and Jarreth Merz, which is internationally distributed by RAI TRADE; the soundtrack of the film is produced by Warner Chappell Music and distributed worldwide. Up to now, Michele Josia wrote 35 soundtracks from documentaries to short films, medium length films and feature films. Latest titles are the feature film “Two-Eleven” (U.S.A.) starring Devin McGee (American Battleship, Fall Down Dead), “III Smoking Barrels” (India) starring Bollywood star Indraneil Sengupta (Kahaani, Autograph, Children of war) and “The follower” (Italy) starring Hal Yamanouchy (Wolverine, Push, The way back) currently in post-production.
In 2017 he won the Third Prize HONORABLE MENTION for film composing at the 1st Edition of the “Film Composer’s Challenge Award” International Competition, the Silver Medal – Outstanding Achievement – “Soundtrack for Film and Television” at the GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS in California, U.S.A., and in 2018, the prestigious PRAG CINE AWARD as best soundtrack for the film “III Smoking Barrels” and the Silver Medal – Outstanding Achievement – “Soundtrack for Film and Television” at the GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS for the soundtrack of the feature film "Two-Eleven". Michele Josia is the artistic director of the International Choral Competition "Musica Eterna Roma", member of the International Film Music Society of China, member of the Italian Film Academy, permanent jury member for the David di Donatello awards (2009-2019) and member of the European Film Academy.