León, Tania (Justina)
- J. Michele Edwards
(b Havana, May 14, 1943). Cuban-American composer and conductor of mixed descent (French, Spanish, African, Chinese). A graduate of the Peyrellade’s Conservatorio de Música in Havana (BA 1963, MA 1964), she began her career as a pianist. After moving to the USA in 1967, she studied composition with Mamlok at New York University (BS 1971, MS 1975) and began a long and productive association as pianist, conductor and composer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Since her conducting début, she has fulfilled numerous engagements in the USA, Europe and South Africa, and in 1992 became associate conductor of the Brooklyn PO, whose Community Concert Series she founded in 1977. She has taught at Brooklyn College (from 1985) and served as new music adviser to various organizations, notably the New York PO (1993–6). Among her commissions are several for American orchestras and an opera commission from the city of Munich for ...