The French pianist and composer, Michaël Lévinas, attended the Conservatoire de Paris with Messiaen, where he later became a teacher in 1988.
Michaël Lévinas began a career as a concert pianist and gained the Prix de Rome in 1975. In Arsis et Thésis and La Chanson du Souffle (1971) he gave a role to the breathing of the performers, and in Clove et Hanun pour trombone, tuba amplifié, percussion et bande magnétique (1973) the noise of a building site played a part. In 1973 he created the ensemble Itineraire with other pupils of Messiaen, as pioneers of electronic, then spectral, music. He published Qu'est-ce que l'instrumental? (1982) with the idea that all music tends towards opera. Other compositions include La Conférence des Oiseaux (1985).