Biography

María Eugenia León is an award winner composer and conductor for films and concert music.

María Eugenia León won the second award "Premio Juan José Falcón Sanabria" at the Choral Composition Competition: Concurso de Composición Coral de Canarias 2018. II Edición. For her choir piece: "Lejos, cerca. Islas Canarias". Her soundtrack for the short film "Flow" was nominated at the Jerry Goldsmith Awards, International Sound & Film Music Festival - ISFMF and Fimucinema (2018).

In March 2019 she premiered her piece "Oleaje" with the Gran Canaria's Women Band, at the
Alfredo Kraus Auditorium (Gran Canaria), with Pilar Rodriguez as conductor.
 

Her soundtrack for the short film "Sleep" was selected at Fimucité Film Music Festival and received an Award Excellence for Original Score at the Depth Of Field International Film Festival (2017). She received the Composition Award “Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall Award” (2012). Soprano Blanca Valido won the first prize of the "María Oran" Award, with her performance of the song "Duerme", composed by León. León has premiered her art song cycle "Nuestros Pequeños" at Casa-Museo Tomás Morales in 2018. She arranged the choir's piano part for the Opera "El Pintor" which premiered in Teatro Real (Madrid) in the same year. She has collaborated as composer with the Honor Choir as well as the Elemental Choir (Santa Monica). Her film scores have travelled around the world through film festivals including: Cannes, Roma CinemaDoc, Berlin International Cinefest, Woodstock Film Festival, London Film Awards, MiCe Festival, etc. She scored the animated short film "Birthday" which won the 36th Television College Awards first prize in 2015. She was orchestrator and conductor for the re-score of the Silent Film "It", which premiered at Coolidge Corner Theater (Boston) in 2011. Her music has been performed by Triple Helix Trio and Kalistos String Orchestra among others.

 

She is currently the assistant conductor and pianist accompanist for various choirs in Santa Monica (CA). Also, she has been the Assistant Conductor at the Palisades Symphony and she has been part of the Cal Phil Conducting Fellowship Program. León has had the opportunity to work with the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra as well.

She was born in the Canary Islands (Spain). She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the prestigious Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA) after receiving a European Tour Scholarship; where she focused in Film Scoring, Classical Composition and Orchestral Conducting. Also, she owns a Professional Music Certificate, specialty of Piano, from the Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands.

 

Nowadays she does her professional activities in Spain and USA from Los Angeles (CA).