Tania León

Tania León


Tania León (b. Havana, Cuba) is highly regarded as a composer, conductor, educator and advisor to arts organizations. Her orchestral work Stride, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Other recent commissions include works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Symphony Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, NewMusic USA’s Amplifying Voices Program and The Crossing chamber choir with Claire Chase, flutist.

A founding member of Dance Theatre of Harlem, León instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series, co-founded the American Composers Orchestra’s Sonidos de las Américas festivals, was New Music Advisor to the New York Philharmonic, and is founder/Artistic Director of Composers Now, a presenting, commissioning and advocacy organization for living composers.

Honors include awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the ASCAP Victor Herbert Award, among others. A CUNY Professor Emerita, she was awarded a 2018 United States Artists Fellowship and Chamber Music America’s 2022 National Service Award.

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