Friday, October 5, 2018 Tania Leon in American Academy of Arts And Sciences

Tania Leon

Composer, Conductor & Educator Tania Leon Elected Member Of American Academy Of Arts And Sciences

Oct. 4, 2018

Composer, Conductor and Educator Tania León has been elected as a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in the category of Visual Arts and Performing Arts - Criticism and Practice along with other noted and distinguished artists. (See list below). Ms. León will be inducted in to the Academy this weekend, October 5th in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Professor Tania León

Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Composer; Claire and Leonard Tow Distinguished Professor of Music

As a distinguished American composer, conductor, and educator, León's composition style is influenced by such American idioms as gospel and jazz. African and Cuban elements are incorporated alongside contemporary techniques. She has played active role to introduce Latin American music works to American audiences.

In 1969, León became a founding member and the first musical director of Arthur Mitchell's Dance Theatre of Harlem, establishing its 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 as Latin American Music Advisor. From 1993 to 1997 she was the New Music Advisor to Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic. She also served as Latin American Music Advisor to the American Composers Orchestra until 2001. Her compositions include "Dougla" (1974), "Scourge of Hyacinths" (1994), "Horizons" (1999), "Inura" (2009), "Rimas Tropicales" (2011), "Ethos" (2014) and "Ser" (2017).

She is on the executive board of important new music organizations such as In The States and the Fromm Music Foundation in Harvard. She is the founder and director of Composers Now in New York, whose mission is to promote new music and composers of our time, which benefits our culture and society immeasurably. She received the Mad Women Festival Award in Music, in Madrid, Spain in 2017 and most recently the 2018 USA Artist Fellowship. For more information please visit:

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