TANIA LEON (b 1943 )
Tania León born in Cuba, a vital personality on today’s music scene, is a composer and conductor recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations.She has been the subject of profiles on ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Univision, Telemundo and independent films. Her honors include the New York Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Fromm and Guggenheim Fellowship. A founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem,she instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series, was co-founder of the American Composers Orchestra “Sonidos de las Americas Festivals” and New Music Advisor to the New York Philharmonic. León has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Colgate University, Oberlin and SUNY Purchase. In 2008 she served as US Artistic Ambassador of American Culture in Madrid, Spain. A Professor at Brooklyn College since 1985, she was named Distinguished Professor of the City University of New York in 2006.