Tania León, Artistic Director

Tania León

Tania León (b. Havana, Cuba) is highly regarded as a composer, conductor, educator and advisor to arts organizations. 

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

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

A founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, León instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series, co-founded the American Composers Orchestra's Sonidos de las Américas Festivals, was New Music Advisor to the New York Philharmonic, and is the founder/Artistic Director of the nonprofit and festival Composers Now.

Her honors include the New York Governor's Lifetime Achievement, 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 by New York City Mayor, and the MadWoman Festival Award in Music (Spain).

León has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Colgate University, Oberlin and SUNY Purchase College, and served as U.S. Artistic Ambassador of American Culture in Madrid, Spain. A CUNY Professor Emerita, she was awarded a 2018 United States Artists Fellowship. León serves as an honorary chair for the Recording Academy's Songwriters & Composers Wing.

Béatriz Hernández, Executive Producer

Béatriz HernándezHaving had experience internationally and across genres, Béatriz Hernández is an award-winning TV, Film and Music Producer, who has collaborated extensively with Celia Cruz, Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. Additionally, her other projects include the following GRAMMY award-winning and nominated recordings: Chico O'Farrill: Heart of a LegendPaquito D'Rivera Presents: Las Hermanas MárquezPaquito D'Rivera Tropicana Nights, Celia Cruz La Negra Tiene TumbaoChico O'Farrill: Heart of a Legend. As a producer, Ms. Hernández oversaw, researched and developed the concert and documentary Tribute to Paquito D'Rivera: 50 YearsEl GranFellové: A Documentary, Jazz at Lincoln Center: Afro-Cuban Fiesta. As a consultant, she produced concerts for delegates for the Spanish Ministry of Cultural Affairs as part of the cultural celebrations of the General Assembly of the United Nation.

She has produced concerts at the United Nations General Conference with the flamenco artist Enrique Morente, Vicente Amigo and Cuarteto Simon Bolivar. Recently she has produced and managed American Songbook: Raúl Esparza at Lincoln Center, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the Opéra de Lausanne.

She has had extensive and diverse experience as a human rights activist, in Geneva, Switzerland for the ICRC (International Committee for the Red Cross) and other NGOs in the United Nations.

Ms. Hernandez has a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College (CUNY) with a Thomas Hunter Special Honors Degree in Political Science, Latin American Affairs, Anthropology and Humanities. 

Composers Now Team

David Bridges, website management

Isabelle Deconinck, La PR

Marcello Di Russo, development and technical assistant

Amy Frawley, consultant

Andrés Vera León, technical director

Nan Melville, photography and video (website)

Ivonne Paredes-Burton, social media consultant

Stuart Wolferman, Unfinished Side Productions , publicity consultant


Composers Now gratefully acknowledges the assistance of:

Breeanah Breeden, videography

Alexey Gorokholinskiy, videography

Martha Mooke, technical consultant

Gerard Schmidt, videography

Austin Shadduck, development and technical assistant

Chris Snyder, Chxo Internets, website programming and hosting

Tatyana Tenenbaum, videography