Tania Leon, Composer, Conductor, Music Director and Musician

Happy Birthday to Tania Leon, the Cuban born, multi-talented composer, conductor, music director and musician.  In Cuba, Leon studied piano, violin, and music theory, earning multiple degrees music.  She was the first Music Director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York, inspiring the troupe from 1969 until 1990.  Her appearances as a guest conductor and composer include Harvard University, Yale University, the Cleveland Institute, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and the Bellagio Center in Italy.  In an interview, Leon stated her philosophy of music and life, “My chosen purpose in life is to be a musician, a composer, a conductor. This is the way I am making my contribution to mankind.”  For an overview of her musical philosophy narrated by Leon, please visit her YouTube video.