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Composer Gustavo Leone is a Professor at the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of Loyola University Chicago. His principal composition teachers included Gerardo Gandini, Marta Lambertini, Ralph Shapey, Shulamit Ran, and John Eaton. He also studied electronic music with Howard Sandroff. Leone is a recipient of a Walter Hinrichsen Award given by the American Academy of Art and Letters. His music is included in the catalogs of C.F. Peters, New York. Ensembles such as Grant Park Festival Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán, Pro Musica, Concertante di Chicago, the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra have played and commissioned Leone’s works. His work for the theater includes productions at the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Goodman Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, and Teatro Vista. Leone’s music is intense and angular; it conveys propulsion through rhythm and makes use of clear forms and associations.


El compositor Gustavo Leone nació en Buenos Aires, Argentina en 1956. Pasó su infancia y sus años formativos en la Argentina, Costa Rica y Brazil donde conoció y practicó las formas populares de la música Latino Americana. Comenzó sus estudios universitarios en la Universidad Católica Argentina en Buenos Aires donde estudio composición principalmente con Gerardo Gandini y Marta Lambertini. Cursó sus estudios graduados en Estados Unidos y recibió su doctorado en composición en la Universidad de Chicago estudiando principalmente con Ralph Shapey y Shulamit Ran. Leone ha sido compositor residente en el Festival Internacional del Arpa en 1997 y con la orquesta Filarmónica de Chicago en 1998 y ha recibido el premio Walter Hinrichsen otorgado por la Academia de Artes y Ciencias de Estados Unidos. Su música ha sido interpretada, encargada, y grabada por orquestas y grupos de cámara tales como La Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán, Grant Park Festival Orchestra, Bella Voce, Concertante di Chicago, y la Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Checoslovaquia. Su música es parte de los catálogos de C.F. Peters en Nueva York, y de Lyon y Healy, en Chicago. Leone es Profesor de Música de la Universidad Loyola de Chicago donde dirige el programa de Música.

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Certificate, The University of Chicago, Strategies in Nonprofit Management, 2006.

Ph.D., The University of Chicago, Composition, 1994
Dissertation: Lutoslawski's Spaces, a paper on poetry and music

M.A., The University of Chicago, Composition, 1990

Composition teachers included Shulamit Ran, Ralph Shapey, and John Eaton;
Studied electronic music with Howard Sandroff

Licenciatura, The Catholic University of Argentina, Composition, 1984
Profesorado, The Catholic University of Argentina, Composition, 1984

Composition teachers included Marta Lambertini, Gerardo Gandini, and Francisco Kroepfl


Fantasía Tambú, for violin and chamber orchestra, 14' Commissioned by Ron Kiel and the San Luis Obispo Chamber Orchestra, 2009
This is a concerto for violin and chamber orchestra of moderate difficulty. The piece is based on a variety of themes with some of them inspired on Caribean Music from Curaçao.

Turning Violet, for marimba and piano, 12' Commissioned by Sonic Inertia, 2009

Racconti, in memory of Lucile Lawrence, for harp, 15'
Commissioned by Faye Seeman, 2006

Como un Sueño, for harp and orchestra, 20-21'. Commissioned by Faye Seeman, 2006

Blue Sextet, for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello, and piano, 10'. Commissioned by the Composers' Conference, Wellesley College, MA, 2006.

Ritmos I , for brass ensemble, written for Athanasios Zerbas and the Athens Municipal Small Brass Ensemble, Athens, Greece, 2003

Green Quintet , for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, and piano, written for the Pilgrim Chamber Players, Chicago, Illinois, 2002

Red Quintet , for harp and string quartet, written for Ensemble Noir, Chicago, Illinois, 2002

Dos Piezas Locas, for solo piano, written for Felipe Hall, Chicago, Illinois, 2001

Mobiles, for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet and horn, commissioned by Pro Musica, Chicago, Illinois. 2001

Art of Birds, for four-part choir, commissioned by His Majesties Clerkes, Chicago, Illinois. 2000

The Ardent Admirer, soundtrack for a feature film by Paul Hettel, Ohio Films, Chicago, Illinois, 2000

Guitar Concerto, for guitar and chamber orchestra, dedicated to Norman Ruiz, commissioned by the West Suburban Orchestra, Hinsdale, Illinois. 2000

The Sound of Yellow, soundtrack for a feature film by Paul Hettel, Ohio Films, Chicago, Illinois, 1999

Two Dances, for two violins and contrabass, commissioned by the Vienna Waltz Ensemble, Chicago, 1998

Unweavings, a ballet commissioned by Jan Erkert and Dancers, Philadelphia 1997. This company took this piece on a national tour during 1997-98

Sextet, for flute, oboe, piano, violin, viola, and violoncello, commissioned by the Rembrandt Chamber Players, Chicago 1997

Harp concerto, commissioned by Concertante di Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1995


Illinois Arts Council, Individual Artist Grant, to realize the music character and present at performance the radio play 'Words and Music' by Samuel Beckett.

Music of the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos, sponsored by the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of the Fine and Performing Arts of Loyola University, and Maria McCormick.  This year long research grant aforded me to travel to the missions of the Chiquitos to study music manuscripts contained in the Music Archives of the Chiquitos.

Space/Time, a new interdisciplinary seminar developed as part of a research grant to study multidisciplinary language. Columbia College Chicago, June 2000.

The Paul Revere Award for Graphic Excellence, awarded for "Sextet", New York, 1999.

Intuition and Teaching Composition, a lecture about Leone's personal approach to teaching composition presented at Columbia College Faculty Retreat, 10/23/1999

Villa-Lobos Legacy, a pre-concert lecture on the work and influence of the Brazilian composer. This lecture was part of a concert presented by World Art Expressions at DePaul concert hall, 9/12/99

The Czech National Symphony recorded Leone's Harp Concerto, Prague, March 1999.
Albany Records released this recording as part of Exotic Concertos a CD of American music in 2002.

The Chicago Philharmonia, Composer-in-Residence, Chicago, 1997-98

The Walter Hinrichsen Award: Recipient. Given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY, 1997

The Lyric Opera of Chicago: Carmen Reconsidered, a lecture comparing Bizet’s opera with Merimee’s novella, Chicago, Illinois, 1997

The 6th World Harp Congress, Composer-in-Residence, Seattle, Washington, 1997

Catholic University of Argentina: Lecture on Leone's music, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1995

The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee: Guest Composer, during the Latin American Music Festival, 1995


Full Professor, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Loyola University Chicago, 2009.

Author of Student Assessmnet Plan, a student learning assessment plan designed to be used by the four arts of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of Loyola University Chicago, 2009.

Author of Music at Loyola, a strategic plan for developing a music department, 2007.

Director of Music, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Loyola University Chicago, 2007 to 2009.

Author of Master of Fine Arts in Music for Film currently under implementation at Columbia College of Chicago, Music Department, 2003

Author of Bachelor of Music in Composition at Columbia College of Chicago, Music Department, 2002

Acting Chair of Music Department, Columbia College of Chicago, 2002 to 2006http://www.music.colum.edu/

Composition Instructor , Birch Creek Music Festival, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, 2002 to 2008 http://www.birchcreek.org/

Director of Composition Studies, Columbia College of Chicago, 2002 to present

Associate Professor of Composition, Columbia College of Chicago, 1994 to present

Lecturer, Columbia College of Chicago, designed and taught Science of Acoustics, 1990 to 1994

Supervisor of MIDI lab. at Columbia College of Chicago. Responsibilities included, designing the studios, coordinating syllabi and instructors, 1998

Author of Students Assessment Plan currently in use at Columbia College of Chicago, Music Department, 1997