Tania Leon (CRF 2003), part of the CRF Advisory Council, born in Cuba and a vital personality on today’s music scene, is a highly regarded 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 (including their noted series “Orgullo Hispano” which celebrates living American Latinos whose contributions in society have been invaluable), Telemundo and independent films. She is the Artistic Director of Composers Now.
“From the moment I arrived at Civitella, I sensed a certain magic. The castle, which greeted me each morning and watched over me at night had an aura of mystery and ancient times. Walking to my studio each day under the cypress trees, conversing with “Gallito” (my affectionate name for the rooster) and the wise, blind cat that I named “Missy Missy”, were special moments to treasure The ancient voices of the poetry I set to my music whispered to me of secrets centuries past. Each individual during my residency, from the fellows and their families to the embracing Civitella staff enriched me in countless ways. This is the scenario that is inextricably woven into my new composition. The essence of my Civitella experience is now captured in the title of my work. It is called “Duende”.”