Biography

María Eugenia León is a young composer and conductor for films, tv and concert music. She was born in Las Palmas of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain), where she starts her music studies at the age of 8. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the prestigious Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA), after receiving an European Tour Scholarship; at Berklee she focused in Film Scoring, Classical Composition and studied a minor in Orchestral Conducting. Also, she owns a Professional Music Certificate, specialty of Piano, from the Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands. Besides this, she is a Civil Engineer, graduated from the University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria.

 

As a composer, it is important to highlight her Composition Award “Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall Award”. Also, the "Maria Oran" Award, which Soprano Blanca Valido won with her piece "Duerme". Her Works have been selected by: Triple Helix Trio, Kalistos String Orchestra, Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, etc. In the audiovisual field, some of the short films she scored have been premiered in different festivals, including: Cannes (Short Film Corner), Television College Awards, ASIFA-East Animation Festival, UCLA Animation Film Festival, etc. As well as she has been selected to be part of the team who re-scored the Silent Film “It”. Her music has been premiered in venues like: Berklee Performance Center (Boston), Coolidge Corner Theater (Boston), James Bridges Theater (Los Angeles), SVA Theater (New York), Café 939 (Boston), Casa de Colón (Las Palmas, Spain), Club Metropole (Las Palmas, Spain), etc.

 

As a conductor, her interest was really clear when she discovered this musical field, soon she started conducting small ensembles and premiering her own works in Boston, including the string orchestra piece “Sueños Rotos”. During summer of 2014 she was part of the Conducting Fellowship Program with the California Philharmonic as well as she has been the Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Palisades Symphony, in

California, for two years, where she has conducted at the “Young Artist Competitions”. Recently, she is also conducting children choirs in Santa Monica. In addition, she has been able to “move the baton” with the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, the Berklee Reduced Orchestra and the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.

 

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

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