Tania León, Conductor
Cuban born Tania León has emerged as a vital personality on today’s music scene. She is highly regarded as a composer, pianist and conductor. Maestro Leon is also recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations.
She has been interviewed and profiled on radio and television including ABC-TV, CBS-TV, CNN-TV, PBS-TV, and on Univision on their noted series Orgullo Hispano. This series celebrates living American Latinos whose contributions to culture and society have been invaluable. Her work has also been shown on Telemundo and featured in independent films.
In March 2009, the ballet Inura, with music composed by Tania León and choreographed by Carlos dos Santos was premiered by Dance Brazil at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Other recent premieres include Esencia para Cuarteto de Cuerdas, commissioned by the Fromm Foundation for the Del Sol String Quartet; Ácana for orchestra, a joint commission, premiered by Orpheus at Carnegie Hall and the Purchase College Orchestra; Ancients for 2 Sopranos and mixed ensemble commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts for the Festival on the Hill 2008; Alma for flute and piano, commissioned by Marya Martin and Atwood Songs for Soprano and piano with text by Margaret Atwood commissioned by the Eastman School of Music and Syracuse University.
In 1969 León became a founding member and first Music Director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She established the Dance Theatre’s Music Department, Music School and Orchestra. She instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series in 1978 and in 1994 co-founded the American Composers Orchestra Sonidos de las Americas Festivals in her capacity as Latin American Music Advisor. From 1993 to 1997 she was New Music Advisor to Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic. She has made appearances as guest conductor with the Beethovenhalle Orchestra, Bonn; the National Symphony Orchestra of Johannesburg, South Africa; the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Holland; the Chicago Sinfonietta and the New York Philharmonic, among others.
Recently, León has appeared as guest conductor throughout Europe, including subscription series concerts of the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Marseille, the Orchestre Symphonique de Nancy, in France, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Asturias, Spain, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Rome, Italy, the Gewaundhausorchester, Leipzig, Germany, as well as the Orquesta de la Comunidad y Coro de Madrid, Spain.