Leading International Composers

Phillips Music


In 2009, European embassies in Washington, DC, and The Phillips Collection joined forces to create an unprecedented concert series: Leading European Composers. Presenting some of the greatest living composers of our time, this series is unique in that the featured composer designs a program of their works with performers they select. In 2015/2016 season, Phillips Music broadened its scope to create Leading International Composers, infusing the series with comprehensive views on the state of new music beyond geographical borders. 

Hans Abrahamsen (Denmark)
Dušan Bavdek (Slovenia)
Avner Dorman (Israel)
José Luis Greco (Spain)
Anders Hillborg (Sweden)
Olli Kortekangas (Finland)
Tristan Murail (France)
Arvo Pärt (Estonia)
Matthias Pintscher (Germany)
Kaija Saariaho (Finland)
Fazıl Say (Turkey)
Miroslav Srnka (Czechoslovakia)
Anna Thorvaldsdottir (Iceland)
Erkki-Sven Tüür (Estonia)
Michel van der Aa (The Netherlands)
Pēteris Vasks (Latvia)
Zhou Long (People's Republic of China)

Concerts are held in The Phillips Collection’s 150-seat Music Room, followed by Coda Sessions, giving audience members a chance to ask questions and converse with these important voices in contemporary music.

Each composer spends time with students and faculty of the University of Maryland’s School of Music at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park to give fresh insight into their work or hold master classes.

March 28, 2019

This season’s Leading International Composer features Tania León. Join Phillips Music and the University of Maryland School of Music for a concert celebrating Cuban-born composer, conductor, and educator, Tania León (b. 1943), who was recipient of the 2018 US Artist Fellowship and the New York Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Performers for this concert include University of Maryland School of Music faculty and students. In partnership with the University of Maryland.

Performances begin promptly at 6 pm unless otherwise noted. General admission seating is first-come, first-served beginning 45 minutes prior to concert start time. Tickets are $45, $25 for members, $20 for students with ID, and $5 for youths 8-18; museum admission for that day is included in the ticket price. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.