Tania León is a Cuban-born composer, conductor, educator and advisor to arts organizations. In 1969 León became a founding member and the first musical director of Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theater of Harlem, establishing its music department, music school, and orchestra. She instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series in 1978 and in 1994 co-founded the American Composers Orchestra Sonidos de las Americas Festivals as Latin American Music Advisor. From 1993 to 1997, she was New Music Advisor to Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic. She also served as Latin American Music Advisor to the American Composers Orchestra until 2001. León is Founder and Artistic Director of Composers Now and Festival. Her compositions include Dougla (1974), Scourge of Hyacinths (1994), Horizons (1999), Inura (2009), Rimas Tropicales (2011), Ethos (2014) and Ser (2017). She received the Mad Women Festival Award in Music, in Madrid, Spain in 2017 and most recently the 2018 USA Artist Fellowship.