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Premieres prior to 2005:

Azulejos for mixed ensemble.  Commissioned by Meet the Composer Music/USA and the National Endowment for the Arts for MOSAIC. LACMA, May 2004.

La Tina for solo piano.  Commissioned by the Lucy Moses School.  Merkin Concert Hall, NYC. March 2004.

Hebras d' Luz for solo electric viola.  Commissioned and premiered by Martha Mooke. North River Series, Greenwich House Arts. January 2004.

Duende for mixed ensemble.  Commissioned by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung for the Fest der Kontinente in celebration of György Ligeti. Premiered by Kevin Deas, Nueva Generacion Ensemble, Rolando Morales-Matos and percussionists of the Berlin Philharmonic,  Tania León, conductor.  Berlin, Germany.  2003.

Mística Ursula Oppens, piano, De Paul Concert Hall, Chicago. 2003

Rezos for SATB Choir, text by Jamaica Kincaid. Commissioned by Terry Knowles and Marshall Rutter for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles, CA, 2003.

Love After Love for Soprano and marimba. Poetry by Derek Walcott. Commissioned by Mary Sharp Cronson and Works and Process, Inc., Premiered by Elizabeth Farnum and Tom Kolor. Guggenheim Museum, 2002.

Axon for violin and electronics.  Commissioned and premiered by Mari Kimura. ISCM World Music Days, 2002. Hong Kong.

A Row of Buttons Commissioned by the New York Treble Singers Text by Fae Myenne Ng, NYC, 2002.


Awards and Honors prior to 2006:

Fromm Music Foundation Commission, 2005
Honoree, Cuban Artists Fund, 2005
New York Times review of Tania León Portrait Concert at Columbia University's Miller Theatre
Feature article in Yamaha's "Accent" magazine, Summer 2004
The Nathan Cummings Foundation, 2004
Portraits of Latino Achievement  Exhibition, Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, 2003
Aaron Copland Fund for Music 2003 Recording Program awarded to Bridge Records for "Music of Tania León"
Coalition of 100 Black Women.  2003
National Women's History Month Honoree, National Women's History Project, 2003
Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, 2003
Arts International, 2002
Meet the Composer Music/USA, 2002
Ph.D. (Honorary), Oberlin College, 2002
National Endowment for the Arts, 2002
Claire and Leónard Tow Professorship, 2000-2004


Events Prior to 2011


December 21
Works performed at the Yamaha Concert Hall, Austria

December 7
Works performed at the Manhattan School of Music, NYC

October 30, 7:30pm
A Tres Voces (World Premiere), Leaf Peeper Concert: String Trios, Sanford Allen, violin, Astrid Schween, cello, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, piano, Saint James Church, Routes 66 & 203,Chatham, NY, 518-325-3805

October 23
Works performed at the Cervantino Festival, Mexico

October 13, 6pm
Alma, II Festival Leo Brouwer de musica de camara, Cuban composers from the 19th century to the present, Dúo Ondina (Niurka González, flute, María del Henar Navarro, piano), Basílica Menor Convento de San Francisco de Asís, Calle de los Oficios entre Amargura y Churruca, Havana Vieja Cuba (www.festivaleobrouwer.cult.cu)

October 9, 6pm
Arenas d'un Tiempo, II Festival Leo Brouwer de musica de camara, Cuban composers from the 19th century to the present, Dianelys Castillo, clarinet, Alejandro Martínez, cello, Leonardo Gell, piano (www.festivaleobrouwer.cult.cu)

October 7, 8pm
Alma, Da Capo Chamber Players: Música Con Sabor Latino, Pat Spencer, flute, Blair McMillen, piano, Merkin Concert Hall 129 West 67th Street, 212-501-3330

October 5, 2010, 8 pm
Alma, Da Capo Chamber Players: Música Con Sabor Latino, Pat Spencer, flute, Blair McMillen, piano, Olin Concert Hall, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

October 1st, 2010, 7:30 PM
Agua de Florida, Del Sol String Quartet, Berkeley Art Museum, Gallery B, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley California

October 1, 2010, 8 PM
Scourge of Hyacinths (excerpts), Remarkable Theater Brigade: Opera Shorts (also includes works by Mark Adamo, John Corigliano, Christian McLeer, Kristin Hevner, Jay Batzner, Marie Incontrera, George Brunner, and Patrick Soluri), Weill Recital Hall, New York, NY

June 4 & 5: May the Road be Free to be performed by the San Francisco Girls Chorus.  50 Oak St., S.F. CA

May 19-June 13: Display of works at the Academy Galleries located at Audubon Terrace on Broadway between 155 and 156 streets.

May 19: Tania León to be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  155th St./Broadway, NYC

April 20: Facebook Friends Concert: A Concert curated by composer Douglas Townsend.  Includes performance of Mistica.  St. Peter's Church. 54th & Lexington, NYC.

April 18: ThingNY presents SPAM v.1.2. Includes A Thought. The Tank, 354 w. 45th st., NYC. 212-563-6269.

April 17: Tania León conducts the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota.  Program includes León's Acana and Horizons.  Also works by Izarra, Orbon, Sarmiento and Copland.  Auditorio Leon de Greiff. Bogota, Colombia.

April 17: Pianist Erica Guo performs Momentum.  Myers Hall, Manhattan School of Music. NYC.

April 16: Tania León conducts the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota.  Program includes León's Acana and Horizons.  Also works by Izarra, Orbon, Sarmiento and Copland.  Teatro Municipal Jorge Eliecer Gaitan. Bogota, Colombia.

April 13-22: Ailey II performs Proximity, choreography by Carlos dos Santos set to León's Satine for 2 pianos.  The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave, NYC (www.Joyce.org)

April 11: Del Sol String Quartet performs Esencia. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

March 28: Great Artists in the Music Room presents "Turns of the Centuries: Piano Panoply."  Solo piano works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schoenberg, Berg, Debussy, Janacek, Scriabin, Ingram Marshall, Tania León, Terry Riley, Annea Lockwood, Peter Garland, Kui Dong, and Annie Gosfield.  Caramoor. Katonah, NY.

March 27: TRANSIT & Angelica Negron perform Arenas d'un Tiempo, Pregones Theater, NYC.

March 6: World Premiere of Cumba Cumbakin.  Commissioned by the Harvard Wind Ensemble.  Lowell Hall. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 8pm. 617-496-2263

February 22: Composers Now! Daylong event of panels featuring composers of all genres.  Marathon concert and a Proclamation from the Mayor's office.  Symphony Space, 95th St./Broadway, NYC. 10AM - 10PM

February 20: The Fromm Players at Harvard. Continuum (Cheryl Seltzer and Joel Sachs, directors).  John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 8pm.

February 7: Del Sol String Quartet performs Esencia. Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, CA, 4pm.


December 7: Opening Ceremonies (Pledge of Allegiance) for the Swiss Government as part of the United Nations ceremonies. Tania León, Guest Conductor. L'Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve featuring the Young People's Chorus of New York City.  Cathédrale Saint Pierre de Genève. Geneva, Switzerland. 5:00PM

December 10: Tania León, Guest Conductor. L'Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve featuring the Young People's Chorus of New York City.  Victoria Hall. Geneva, Switzerland. 8:00 PM

November 5: Marya Martin, Flute: Eight Visions.  Performs León's Alma. William R. and Irene D. Miller Recital Hall, Manhattan School of Music.

October 25: Continuum performs León's Satiné for two pianos.  Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY

October 24: GALLERY 345: Pianist Jose R. Lopez (Florida International University, Miami) will be performing Momentum and Mystica by Tania León along with works by David Lidov (Canada), Ricardo Malipiero (Italy), and Orlando Garcia (USA). GALLERY 345; 345 Sorauren Avenue; Toronto, Ontario; Canada.  8PM. More information: www.LidovMusic345.ca

October 21:  Tania León, Panelist, Then & Now: An Examination of Gender and Race/Ethnicity in the Contexts of Art Creation and Production/Exhibition.  2009 Recession Conference: Navigating the Art of Change.  Organized by Cynthia Gehrig, President, Jerome Foundation. New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams St., Brooklyn, NY.

October 16: The Deering Estate Living Artist Concert Series: featuring composer, Tania León and pianist, Jose R. Lopez in a collaborative concert linking music art, and history from Spain, Cuba, and the USA with South Florida. Tania León will also talk about her music.6:30 PM. "Meet The Composer/Artists" reception, 7PM concert.  16701 S.W. 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33157. www.deeringestate.org

October 2: Del Sol String Quartet performs Esencia para cuarteto de cuerdasKorean Cultural Service, 460 Park Ave., New York NY 10022.

October 2: Tune into 91.3 WLRN: South Florida's Arts Beat with host Ed Bell. Jose R. Lopez, member of The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble will perform Momentum on live radio. www.WLRN.org

October 1: Del Sol String Quartet performs the New York premiere of Esencia para cuarteto de cuerdasSymphony Space, 1537 Broadway (@95th st.), NYC.

October 1: Conversation with Tania León and Pawel Mykietyn. Moderated by Laura Kaminsky, Symphony Space Associate Director, Symphony Space, 1537 Broadway (@95th st.).

August 13: Marya Martin performs Alma at the National Flute Association Annual Convention.

August 9: Singin' Sepia for voice and mixed ensemble. Tanglewood Music Center's Festival of Contemporary Music.  Seiji Ozawa Hall, 297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240.

July 26 - August 2: Tania León, Guest Composer. Composers Conference, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. 508-276-1011

July 28 - 31: 2009 International Conference on the Arts in Society in conjunction with the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.  Dr. James Briscoe presents "Earthian" Music: Tania León and Her Compositional Arc of Cultures.

June 12-14: Chairperson of the Jury, "Concorso Internazionale di Composizione 2' Agosto". Bologna, Italy.

June 12: Patricia Spencer performs Alma for flute and piano in a recital tiltled "Close Encounters With a Flute." Bard Hall, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. 

May 8: Del Sol Quartet premieres Esencia para cuarteto de cuerdas.  Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco, CA. info@delsolquartet.com

May 3: Jade Simmons performs piano works by Tania León.  Look and Listen Festival. Project Space, 250 West 26th St. NYC.

May 3: Del Sol Quartet premieres Esencia para cuarteto de cuerdas.  The Dance Palace, 503 - B Street, Point Reyes Station, CA. The Dance Palace

April 15: Featured guest on "Jazzy Perspective Focus on Brass", for the American Composers Orchestra course "Compose Yourself". WNYC Studios. 160 Varick St., NY.

March 19 - 22: Dance Brazil premieres Inura, music by Tania León. choreography by Carlos dos Santos. Skirball Center for Performing Arts, New York University, NYC, NY

March 9: Honorary Chair with Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Peter Martins & Arturo O'Farrill. "Winter Heat" Latin Dance Party Benefit for Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

March 8: Tania León, Toni Morrison, George Shirley, Anna Deavere Smith and Shirley Verrett. Zankel Hall at Carngie Hall.

March 5: Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas performs Kabiosile, Jade Simmons, piano, Alondra de la Parra, conductor.  New York City Town Hall, 123 W 43rd Street, 7 PM.

March 3: POA salon, panel discussion with Tania León, Alondra de la Parra and Jade Simmons. The Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue (@ 68th St), NYC

February 20: "Latino Composers on Latin American Composition Today." Manuel Laufer moderates a discussion with composers including Ezequiel Viñao, Manual Sosa, and Tania León, exploring the relationship among new music, culture, tradition, and politics. King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square North.

February 18: Electric Violist Martha Mooke performs Hebras d'Luz. University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Fine Arts Recital Hall.

February 14: New York Composers Circle Valentine's Day concert features Love after Love, Tiffany du Mouchelle, soprano and Steven Solook, marimba. Leónard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space, 95th & Broadway, NYC.

February 5 & 8: Tania León, guest DJ on New Music Box: CounterStream radio.

January 16: Tania León leads panel discussion at Chamber Music America Annual Conference. "Global Perspectives: Cultural Diversity and Attracting Foreign Talent". Westin Hotel, NYC



Dec. 14: Pianist Inna Faliks performs Variacion. Los Angeles Contemporary Music of Art.

Dec. 12: Pianist Inna Faliks performs Variacion.  Rockefeller University "Tri-Institutional Noon Recitals," Caspary Auditorium, Noon.

Dec. 6: Pianist Inna Faliks performs Variacion. Pianoforte Chicago's Pure Piano Series.

Nov. 20: Composer Residency at Michigan State University.

Nov. 5: The Classic in Black Radio Show Program on Offener Kanal Berlin, presents the CD Singin' Sepia. Berlin, Germany.

Oct. 24: Ana Milosavljevic premieres New Work for violin and percussion. The Times Center.

Oct. 8: Performance of Axon. Seattle Latin American Music Festival, presented by SLAM and Nonsequitor.

Sept. 21: Warsaw Autumn Festival presents Axon performed by Mikhail Schmidt. Warsaw, Poland

Sept. 20: Warsaw Autumn Festival presents Toque performed by Profil Ensemble (Bucharest).  Warsaw, Poland

Sept. 15: Da Capo Chamber Players perform Alma.  70th Birthday Portrait of Joan Tower, Merkin Concert Hall.

Aug. 31: The Percussion Plus Project. Performance of A La Par. May Phang, piano, Christpher Martin, percussion.  DePauw University, IN.

June 22: The NODUS Ensemble performs To and Fro.  Miami Art Museum, FL.

May 15: Interpretations presents and evening of Tania León and Juho Laitinen.  Program to include Abanico, Atwood Songs and Love After Love.  Featuring Airi Yoshioka, violin, Elizabeth Farnum, Soprano, Adam Kent, piano and Diana Herold, percussion.  Roulette, 20 Greene St., NYC

May 10 & 11: Africa and the African Diaspora: Traditions, Revolutions and Innovations.  Festival of arts and ideas featuring performances by the Purchase Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Tania León. Symphony Space, NYC.

May 2: "Music From Other Minds" presents radio broadcast "Tania León" featuring selections from Singin' Sepia CD.

April 30: Contemporary Ensemble performs works by composer-in-residence Tania León and Justinian Tamasuza.  Recital Hall, The Music Building, Purchase College, NY.

April 29: musikfest08 presents pianist Heidrun Holtmann performing Ritual.  Folkwang Hochschule Duisburg, Kleiner Konzertsaal. "Musik als Ausdruck von Freiheit" (II).  8PM. Broadcast on WDR 3 June 28, 2008.

April 25 & 26: Purchase Dance Corps Spring Concert 2008. Features choreography, "Expulsion from Paradise," set to A La Par, Indigena and Arenas d'un Tiempo.  PepsiCo Theatre, The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, NY. 8PM.  Also presented on April 27 at 3PM, May 2 & 3 at 8PM and May 4 at 3PM.

April 23 - 30: Guest Composer, Central Conservatory of Music.  Beijing, China.

April 19: Voces Latinas presented by Chicago a capella.  World premiere of Estampas.  Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL.

April 18- 22: 2008 Beijing International Congress on Women in Music.  The International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) and the China Conservatory of Music (CCM),  featuring composer, Tania León with performance of Horizons for orchestra on April 18 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts.

April 18: Voces Latinas presented by Chicago a capella.  World premiere of Estampas.  Gottlieb Hall at the Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL.

April 13: Voces Latinas presented by Chicago a capella.  World premiere of Estampas. Nichols Concert Hall,  Music Institute, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL.

April 3 - 5: Keynote speaker at the 2008 College Music Society SuperRegional Conference Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Chapters. Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA.

April 1: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs Ácana.  Carnegie Hall, NYC.  Live broadcast on WNYC-FM (93.9)

March 30: Chicago Sinfonietta, Tania León, guest conductor .   Works by León, Chen Yi, Holmes & Haydn.  Soloist Jade Simmons performs León's Kabiosile for piano and orchestra.  Dominican University, 7900 W. Division.

March 31: Chicago Sinfonietta, Tania León, guest conductor .   Works by León,  Chen Yi, Holmes & Haydn.  Soloist Jade Simmons performs León's Kabiosile for piano and orchestra.  Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center.  220 South Michigan Ave.

March 30: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs Ácana, SUNY Purchase.

March 28:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs Ácana, Williams Center, Easton, PA.

March 27: Terry Rhodes: "Modern Music of Latin America" featuring the world premiere of a new work by Tania  León.  Part of the music department's Latin Festival on the Hill, March 27-30.  Memorial Hall,  UNC-Chapel Hill.

March 4 - 6: As U.S. Artistic Ambassador of American culture in Spain, Tania León serves as keynote speaker for the United States Embassy's Black History Month program in Madrid.

March 2: Pianist Jose Lopez performs Momentum and Mistica. Miami Art Museum, 101 West Flagler St., Miami, FL.

February 29: Purchase Symphony Orchestra presents "From the African Diaspora", Tania León, guest conductor.  Program includes world premiere of a new work by Tania  León as well as works by Revueltas, Ginastera and Ellington.  Recital Hall, The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, NY.

February 17: Two American Masters: George Walker and Tania León. String quartets and music for solo strings. Son Sonora Ensemble, Tania León, director with Airi Yoshioka, violin, Ashley Horne, violin, Liuh-Wen Ting, viola, Arash Amini, cello, and Sibylle Johner cello. Ingalls Recital Hall, New Jersey City University, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ.

January 28: Tania León to receive  "La Distinción de Honor de la Rosa Blanca" from the Patronato José Martí for her contribution to Cuban culture in the field of music.

January 24: Jade Simmons, piano. "The Rhythm Project", works by León, Corigliano, Ibarra, Barber, Piazzolla & Prokofiev.  Concert Artists Guild, 850 Seventh Ave, NYC.



March 26-30: An Evening of Music and Dialogue. Tania León - Women in Music Festival 2007. Video highlights of world premiere of Atwood Songs, interview with Tania León.

December 15: Hudson Valley Philharmonic performs BataBardavon Opera House.  Poughkeepsie, NY.

Nov. 20 - 24: El Arte de las Mujeres Como Agente de Cambio y Desarollo Social.  International Congress of Women in the Arts, la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, Spain.  See website for program including performance of music by Tania León on Nov. 21.

Nov. 26 - 28: El Arte de las Mujeres Como Agente de Cambio y Desarollo Social.  International Congress of Women in the Arts, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Almagro/Ciudad Real, Spain.  See website for program.

Nov. 18: The Cube Ensemble performs A La Par. Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music, Chicago.

Oct. 8: Martha Mooke performs Hebras d'Luz for electric viola on her Viola X-Treme concert at the University of Albany, Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center. 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY.

Sept. 22: Philadelphia Music Project (funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts) presents: Hispanos...Many Roots...Many Faces: World premiere of Tabla Raza by Tania León and Arturo O'Farrill  with Latin Fiesta, Tabla player Badal Roy, and La Cumbiamba EneYe.  Pennsylvania Convention Center. Philadelphia.

June 26: Ipek Eginlioglu, pianist and Justin Wolf, percussion perform A La Par. SUNY Purchase.

June 19: Pianist Adam Kent performs Tumbao live on WQXR (96.3FM) with host David Duval.

June 13: The New York City Council presents a Proclamation to Tania León for personal achievements that also reflected positively on the College, the borough of Brooklyn, and the city of New York.

June 10: St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble performs Singin' Sepia. Notable Women Festival: A Celebration of Women Composers. Dia:Beacon, NY.

June 9: St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble performs  Singin' Sepia.  Notable Women Festival: A Celebration of Women Composers.  Chelsea Art Museum, NYC.

May 18: Tania León receives Honorary Doctorate from SUNY Purchase.  Tania León presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Music from SUNY Purchase.

May 17: Eileen Strempel and Sylvie Beaudette perform The Atwood Songs. St. Bartholomew's Church. NYC.

May 9: Tania León Portrait Concert - performed by Continuum.  Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, NYC.

April 13: New Music Miami Festival.  Performance of de color for violin and marimba.  Florida International University, Miami, FL.

April 11 & 12:Tania León's Love After Love with poetry by Derek Walcott.  New York Festival of Song, Weill Recital Hall, NYC.

March 29: Marya Martin premieres Alma for flute and piano. The Flute Book for the Twenty-First Century. Presented by Meet the Composer, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), NYC.

March 28: "All-León" Concert. Indigena, Journey, The Atwood Songs and other works. Main Hall, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.

March 26: Orchestra Underground: Composers OutFront!  American Composers Orchestra performs Indigena, Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall), NYC.

March 26: Women and Music: Looking Back, Looking Forward presents Tania León and Margaret Atwood. Ingle Auditorium, Rochester Institute of Technology.

March 25: World Premiere of The Atwood Songs. Text by Margaret Atwood. Eileen Strempel, Soprano and Sylvie Beaudette, piano. Setnor Auditorium, Syracuse University. Presented by the Society for New Music.

March 25: Orchestra Underground: Composers OutFront!  American Composers Orchestra performs Indigena, Annenberg Center, Philadelphia.

March 23: Tania León, Ursula Oppens, Jade Simmons & Brasil Guitar Duo. Pre-concert conversation at 7:30 pm.  Concert at 8PM.  Seabury Center, Westport, CT.

March 22: Tania León, Ursula Oppens, Jade Simmons & Brasil Guitar Duo. A part of the Composers Project Series, Symphony Space.

March 20: Music of Tania León. Performed by Ursula Oppens, Jade Simmons & Brasil Guitar Duo.  The Century Association, NYC.

March 16: Cleveland Chamber Symphony performs Sin Normas Ajenas. Westlake United Methodist Church.

March 14: Cleveland Chamber Symphony performs Sin Normas Ajenas. Trinity Cathedral, downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

March 2 - 4: Guest Composer in Residence, 6th Annual Women in New Music Festival, "inner voice".  Cal State Fullerton

Feb. 28: panelist - "A Composer's Career". Whittall Pavilion,  Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Feb. 22: Opus 21 performs Toque.  GVSU Performing Arts Center, Louis Armstrong Theatre, Allendale, Michigan.

Jan. 8: Sequitur: Music of Cuba. Merkin Concert Hall. Performance includes Toque.



December 22: Music of Tania León. Special concert to honor the composer by the Cuban Cultural Center. Weill Recital Hall. NYC.

December 7: An evening of selected chamber music by Tania León.  Greenwich House Music School, NYC.

November 29: Guest Composer at the Frost Museum. "Wednesday After Hours: Concert and Reception with Tania León".  7PM Wertheim Recital Hall, Florida International University.

November 9-14: Featured composer. Inauguration of The Gatehouse, new performance venue, NYC.  Works include premiere of Reflections for Soprano and chamber ensemble, Batey, Ritual, Momentum  and Tumbao  for solo piano and O, Yemanja from León's opera Scourge of Hyacinths.

October 18-19: Resident Composer, Cleveland Institute of Music.

October 12-14: Guest Speaker, International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education.  Miami Beach Resort and Spa, FL.

September 14: Pianist Jade Simmons and Percussionist Svet Stoyanov perform A La Par at Leónard Nimoy Thalia theatre at Symphony Space, NYC.

June 24: OPUS 21 performs Toque at Carnegie Center for the Arts at Three Rivers, Michigan.

June 23: OPUS 21 performs Toque at Light Fine Arts Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. opus21.org

June 8: Voice and Text: A Composer's Language. The written word within the context of a musical language is at once powerful yet reveals in its subtle nuances, a familiar vernacular. This program of mixed ensemble pieces highlights the voice as a solo instrument. Drawing on texts by an international array of prominent poets, Tania León adds a notable layer of texture to her compositional process. Joined by an impressive roster of guest singers and instrumentalists, she will focus on the intricate ensemble combination she has selected to interact with the human voice.  Aaron Davis Hall, NYC.   www.aarondavishall.org

June 2: Sin normas ajenas. San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Brava Theater Center, San Francisco

May 20: Toque premiered by Opus 21. Tania León's new commissioned work by Opus 21 will receive its premiere at Symphony Space's Thalia Theater on Saturday, May 20. Toque is one of the "Six Multicultural Premieres"  performed by the new music ensemble.

March 25, 2006 - June 16, 2006: EXHIBITION TOUR: "Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement" presented by the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, Chamizal National Memorial, El Paso, TX. For more info: www.nps.gov/cham/ . Take the virtual tour here.

March 16, 17: Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias conducted by Tania León , Asturias, Spain.

March 15-19: World Premiere of Variación for solo piano with performances of Ritual, La Tina and Tumbao.  Anna Briscoe, pianist.  Performance/lecture titled: "Tania León: A Multi-Cultural Synthesis in the Piano Works" presented by James Briscoe.  Society for American Music Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

March 11: Sorpresa for solo piano.  Gabriela Perez Acosta, pianist.  X Encuentro Internacional/VI Encuentro IberoAmericano de Mujeres en el Arte.  Mexico-Bilbao.

Press Release March 2006



Press Release December 2005

December 14: Telemundo Ch. 47. Tania León interviewed by Odalys Molina on Noticiero del Mediodia.  Channels 47 (New York), 51 (Miami), 44 (Chicago), 39 (Dallas), 52 (Los Angeles).

December 8: The Albany Symphony Orchestra's Spiritual Project: Part II.  Premiere of Tania León's arrangement of Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel.  Canfield Casino, Saratoga Springs, (Dec. 9) Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY, (Dec. 10) First United Methodist Church, Pittsfield, PA

October/November: Tania León Visiting Professorship at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

November 4: Performance of Satiné.  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

October 29, 30: Fargo-Moorhead Symphony conducted by Tania León. Festival Concert Hall NDSU. www.fmsymphony.org

October 28: Sound Field 05: Chicago New and Experimental Music Festival. Performance of Satiné.  Piano Forte Chicago, 410 S. Michigan Ave.  www.soundfield.org

October 11: Da Camera of Houston performs Love After Love. The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. www.dacamera.com

September 29: Tania León Piano Works: The Composer's Sonic Environment. Deepening the experience of her WaterWorks residency, Ms. León explores the composer's approach to the piano from a percussive point of view. Renowned pianists, Ursula Oppens and Jade Simmons unite to explore Ms. León's piano works: Momentum, an intense and highly personal take on the blues (León's first solo piano composition), Mistica, with its virtuosic pyrotechnics, the salsa-based Tumbáo, dedicated to Celia Cruz, and Satiné, a work for two pianos infused with indigenous Cuban Rhythms.

September 22: Cuban Artists Fund Benefit Gala honoring Tania León.  www.CubanArtistsFund.org

September 22: Pianist Jay Gottlieb performs Ritual.  L'Archipel, Paris, France. www.larchipel.net

June 24: Airi Yoshioka performs Axon. "Feminist Theory and Music 8" Conference at Elebash Hall, Graduate Center, City University of New York.

June 8: Chamber Players of the LEAGUE/ISCM performs Paisanos Semos. Elebash Hall, Graduate Center, City University of New York.

May 31: Fulcrum Point New Music Project performs Indigena.  Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 East Randolph Dr., Chicago.

May 20: "Break it Down".  A performance workshop that 'breaks down' the elements of the art form. Tania León illustrates syncretic ideas in composition through her work Batey. Aaron Davis Hall, NYC.  www.aarondavishall.org

May 13: Philadelphia Music Project presents "Composers' Voices: Crossing Disciplines & Cultures" Panel including Tania León, Robert Ashley, Fred Ho, Mikel Rouse, Bright Sheng.

April 25 - May 8: Resident Composer at the John Duffy Composers Institute, Virginia Arts Festival. www.vafest.com

April 15 & 16: Tania León conducts "Shangri La".  Music by Susie Ibarra, Libretto by Yusef Komunyakaa.  The Kitchen. 512 W. 19th St., NYC  www.thekitchen.org

April 14: Momentum. The 2005 New Music Miami ISCM Festival.  Florida Internation University Wertheim Performing Arts Center.

April 10: Momentum . ArtSouth Ensemble. Miami Lakes United Methodist Church, Miami Lakes, FL

April 9: Momentum and Rituál.  Jose Lopez, pianist. Sanctuary of ArtSouth, 240 N. Krome Ave, Homestead, FL.

April 6: Members of Son Sonora perform String Quartets of George Walker.  Post-performance discussion with Walker and Tania León. 651 Arts. BRIC Studio, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY.  www.651arts.org

March 18: Hechizos. Schöberg Ensemble. Reinbert de Leeuw, Dir. Nieuwe Kerk. Den Haag.

March 17: Hechizos. Schöberg Ensemble. Reinbert de Leeuw, Dir. Theatre Lantaren/Venster. Rotterdam.

March 16: Aguava New Music Studio performs Batey. The Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, DC.

March 16: Hechizos. Schöberg Ensemble. Reinbert de Leeuw, Dir. Lux. Nijmegen.

March 15: Hechizos. Schöberg Ensemble. Reinbert de Leeuw, Dir. Paradiso. Amsterdam.

March 14: Hechizos. Schöberg Ensemble. Reinbert de Leeuw, Dir. Musis Sacrum. Arhem. Netherlands.

March 14: Chicago Symphony presents MusicNow "Pierre Boulez's 80th Birthday Celebration". León's Rituál and Mistica performed by pianist Amy Dissanayake. 8PM, The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance. www.cso.org

March 11-13: Southern Crossroads. Music Director and composer of "Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known". Collaboration with and Poetry by Wole Soyinka. Choreography by Peter Badejo. Performances include inauguration of the Shaw Center for the Performing Arts, Baton Rouge, LA.

March 3-5: panelist. In Celebration of William L. Dawson: An Exploration of African American Music and Identity at the Dawn of the 21st Centruy. Emory Conference Center.  Atlanta, GA.

March 3: BBC Symphony recording and performances of Kabiosile for piano and orchestra. Ashley Wass, pianist, Grant Llewellyn, conductor. London, England

Februrary 5: Tania León conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, France. Works by Adams, Sondheim, Ellington and León. Opera de Marseille.

January 30: The Ritz Chamber Players perform Oh Yemanja.  Weigel Auditorium, Ohio State University.

December 18, 2004 - March 13, 2005: "Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement." History Center, Fort Wayne Historical Society, Fort Wayne, IN.



December 1, 4: Tania León conducts the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. City Center, NYC.

Winter 2004: Documentary featuring Tania León entitled "Life Profiles". Produced by MITICO, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

September 4-November 28: "Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement". Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose, CA.  Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives

November 22: Tania León conducts ConTempo Ensemble.  Levenson Concert Hall, Brooklyn College NY.

November 14: Panel on Cultural Influences. Graduate Center, CUNY.

November 6: "Composer Portrait: Music of Tania León".  Featuring MOSAIC.  Miller Theatre, Columbia University.

October 14: Sarah Cahill performs works by León, Adams, Rzewski. Nuovi Spazi Musicali, 25th Festival di Musica Contemporanea, Accademia Americana, Rome, Italy.

October 19: Tania León conducts the New York University Symphony. Works by Haydn and Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Frederick Loewe Theatre.

October 8: "O Beautiful" - concert of American Music, including León, Bolcom, Ellington, Glass and more by the Western Wind Ensemble. The North Universalist Chapel Society of Woodstock, VT.

October 7: Pianist Sarah Cahill performs works by León, Adams, Rzewski and others.  Berkeley Arts Festival.  www.SarahCahill.com

October 5: Lecture on the music of  Tania León. Black Box Theatre, NYU.

October 1: Son Sonora performs works by Singleton, Bolcom and León.  7 PM. University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

September 23: Panel discussion hosted by Margo Jefferson (NY Times) with Bill T. Jones, Tania León, Roger Guenveur Smith and Sekou Sundiata.  Aaron Davis Hall.

September 19: Sarah Cahill performs Mistica.  San Francisco.

July 30: NODUS performs Momentum.  Miami Art Central, FL.

July 20-25: Scourge of Hyacinths workshop at Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation.  Directed by Robert Wilson.

July 17-19: Son Sonora Ensemble at National Black Arts Festival. Atlanta, GA.  www.nbaf.org

July 1-31: Guest of the Month (Profile). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. www.soyunica.org

June 23: Salon 651: Son Sonora Ensemble. Tania León, Music Director.  651 Arts, BRIC Studio, Brooklyn, NY.

June 16, 19: Oh Yemanja (Mother's Aria). Continuum. International Music Festival, Mongolia, China.

May 11: Oh Yemanja (Mother's Aria).  Continuum. Mario Davidovsky 70th Birthday Tribute. The Americas Society, 680 Park Ave.

May 14: The Western Wind presents "O Beautiful" - American music including music of Tania León.  Friends Meeting House, NYC, 15 Rutherford Place.

May 3: World Premiere of Azulejos.  The Mozambique Project, concert version of León's dance/music collaboration with choreographer Donald Byrd, Mosaic and the National Song and Dance Theater of Mozambique.  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA.

March 14: Mari Kimura performs Axon at Dance Theatre of Harlem's Open House.

March 15: Speculum Musicae plays Arenas d'un Tiempo at Merkin Concert Hall.

March 18:  Performance of De Memorias by Imani Winds.     Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, "Double Exposure" series. Rose Studio, NYC.

March 21: World Premiere of La Tina for Lucy Moses School young pianists. Merkin Concert Hall, NYC.

February 9: Performance of Axon by Mari Kimura, Frederick Loewe Theatre, New York University, NYC.

January 13: La Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid (ORCAM), Spain.  Works by Ibarra, Rachmaninoff, Haydn. Tania León, conductor.

January 15: World Premiere of solo electric viola work for Martha Mooke.  Greenwich House Music School, NYC.



December 3-13: Conductor.  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, City Center, NYC.

December 4: Satiné performed by piano duo Quattro Mani, Weill Recital Hall, NYC.

October 23: Honoree, Coalition of 100 Black Women. The Schomburg Center, NYC.

October 16: Sony Music Arts in the Atrium with the Imani Winds.

October 9: Radio Interview.  Black Beat, host Flo Wiley.  WHCR 90.3 FM

October 2: Panel Discussion. College Music Society annual conference, Hotel Inter-Continental, Miami, FL

September 27:  World Premiere of Duende by members of the Berlin Philharmonic, U.S. percussionists and Baritone. Commissioned by the Fest der Kontinente 2003, Berlin, Germany.  Tania León, conductor.

August 16: Panelist "Janacek and Music Today", Bard Music Festival 2003. Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

June 24-July 26: Civitella Ranieri, Resident Composer, Umbria, Italy

May 25: Bailarín, Musee des Beaux-Arts d'Orleans, Orleans, Frankreich. Paul Bowman, guitar.

May 21: Bailarín, Eastern Mediterranean, University, Zypern, Turkey. Paul Bowman, guitar.

May 17: Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, France. Works by Bernstein, Gershwin and León. Tania León, conductor. Bonita Hyman, mezzo-soprano.

May 11: Mística, Cuban Premiere. (First performance of León's works in Cuba.)  Basilica San Francisco de Asis, Havana, Cuba. Ursula Oppens, piano.

May 8: Horizons, East Coast Premiere. Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA. Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, Music Director.

April 30: Mística, World Premiere. De Paul Concert Hall, Chicago. Ursula Oppens, piano.

April 25: Bailarín, Paul Bowman, guitar. Tenri Cultural Center, NY.

April 2-6: Tania León Interdisciplinary Symposium.  DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana.

April 5: Axon, Mari Kimura, violin & computer, Juilliard Clark Theater, NY.

March 18: Rezos, New York Premiere by the L.A. Master Chorale, Riverside Church, New York.

March 8: Rezos, World Premiere by the L.A. Master Chorale, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California.

February 14: Love After Love. Lauren Flanigan, soprano. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

February 8: Oh Yemanja.  Anne Marie Ketchum, soprano. Harbeson Hall, Pasadena City College, CA.