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Tania León, (b. Havana, Cuba) is a highly regarded composer and conductor, and a widely esteemed educator and arts advisor.
León's opera Scourge of Hyacinths, based on a play by Wole Soyinka and staged by Robert Wilson, was commissioned by Hans Werner Henze and the city of Munich for the Fourth Munich Biennale.
Commissions include works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Nestor Torres, New World Symphony, Koussevitzky Foundation, and many others. She was recently commissioned to write the operatic score for The Little Rock Nine, with libretto by Thulani Davis and historical research by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
She has lectured at Harvard University, at the Mosse Lecture series at the University of Humboldt in Berlin, and was Andrew Mellon Foundation Distinguished Scholar at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. A Professor at Brooklyn College and CUNY since 1985, she was named Distinguished Professor of the City University of New York in 2006, and in 2010 was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
A founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, León is also founder and artistic director of Composers Now Festival, a nonprofit organization in New York City dedicated to celebrating the diversity of living composers’ voices, and honoring the significance of their contributions to the cultural fabric of society.
Her many honors include the Fromm, Koussevitzky, and Guggenheim Fellowships. In 2012 she received both a Grammy nomination (for "Best Contemporary Classical Composition") and a Latin Grammy nomination (for "Best Classical Contemporary Composition").