Composer Tania León Awarded Pulitzer!

On June 12, the Conservatory received the exciting news that our beloved Distinguished Professor Emeritus Tania León, composer and musician par excellence, had been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for her work “Stride.” The piece was one of the 19 works by women composers commissioned by the New York Philharmonic as part of Lincoln Center’s Project 19, a multi-season project created to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. “Stride” was among the first of these works to receive its premiere, in February 2020, just prior to the pandemic shutdown, when it was met with glowing praise from the New York Times among others as an “understated, hauntingly inconclusive work.” Brooklyn College has recognized Tania’s achievement here and the Times announced her award here. We hope to celebrate further with her, in-person, once the Tow Center reopens with live performances in her honor.