MARÍA EUGENIA LEÓN, VOCAL COACH
MARIA EUGENIA LEON, the vocal coach and pianist accompanist of Elemental Choir, owns a Professional Music Certificate, specialty of Piano, from Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias (Spain) as well as has had the opportunity to study voice with Soprano Wessela Zlateva (based in Vienna). She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the prestigious Berklee College of Music (Boston) after receiving a European Tour Scholarship; where she focused in Film Scoring, Classical Composition and Orchestral Conducting.
For the last five years she's been working as assistant conductor and pianist accompanist at the SMMUSD Elementary Choirs, including being part of the team for Honor Choir for Stairway to the Stars. In addition, she composes film and concert music. She's had the opportunity to premiere her choir songs with the Elemental Music Choir and Stairway to the Stars Honor Choir. Recently she won the second prize "Premio Juan José Falcón Sanabria" in the Coral Composition Competition: Concurso de Composición Coral de Canarias 2018, II Edition, for her piece "Lejos, cerca. Islas Canarias". She has premiered in March 2019 her new piece "Oleaje" for symphonic band in the prestigious Alfredo Kraus Auditorium; with the Gran Canaria Women's Band, leaded by Conductor Pilar Rodríguez. In 2018 she's been nominated to three different awards in these film music festivals: Jerry Goldsmith Awards, International Sound & Film Music Festival and Fimucinema (Fimucité) Festival, all nominations to these awards are for her score to the short film “Flow”. She received in 2017 the Award Excellence for Original Score at the Depth Of Field International Film Festival for her score to the film "Sleep" and was also nominated for the same score to Fimucinema 2017. In 2012 she received the Composition “Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall Award”.
It's also important to mention the commission of her piece "Duerme" by Soprano Blanca Valido, who premiered the piece and won the first prize in the "María Orán" Competition Award. Her works have been selected by Triple Helix Trio and Kalistos String Orchestra, among others. Her music scores have been in several festivals, including: Cannes, London Film Awards, Berlin International CineFest, Roma CinemaDoc, Woodstock Film Festival, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, etc. She has had the chance to work in the conducting field with the Pacific Palisades Symphony and Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, among others.