Tania León, 2021–22 Composer in Residence 

Each season Curtis celebrates the excellence of the living artists of today through composer residencies: Tania León is the composer in residence for the 2021–22 season. A recent Pulitzer Prize-winner known for “inspiring generations of artists” (International Musician), Ms. León will lead master classes, coach student musicians for public performances, and more during her residency. Highlights include a portrait concert in the spring.

Get to know Tania León


Public Residency Activities

Events will be added throughout the season

Ensemble 20/21: Portrait of Tania León
Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m.
Gould Rehearsal Hall


About Tania León

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

Recent commissions include works for the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Grossman Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, and pianist Ursula Oppens with Cassatt String Quartet. Appearances as guest conductor include those with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Marseille, Gewandhausorchester, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuba.

Upcoming premieres feature commissions for the NewMusic USA Amplifying Voices Program, for the Musical Fund Society in Philadelphia to celebrate their 200th anniversary, and for The Crossing chamber choir with flutist Claire Chase, among others.

A founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ms. León instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series, co-founded the American Composers Orchestra’s Sonidos de las Américas Festivals, and was new music advisor to the New York Philharmonic. She is the founder and artistic director of the nonprofit and festival Composers Now.

Ms. León’s honors include the New York Governor’s Lifetime Achievement award, awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the ASCAP Victor Herbert Award, among others. She also received a proclamation for Composers Now from the New York City mayor and the MadWoman Festival Award in Music (Spain).

Ms. León has received honorary doctorates from Colgate University, Oberlin College and Conservatory, and Purchase College, State University of New York; and served as a U.S. Artistic Ambassador of American Culture in Madrid, Spain. A CUNY Professor Emerita, she was awarded a 2018 United States Artists Fellowship.