Blending literature and visual art with experimental composition, LEAHA MARIA VILLARREAL brings a contemporary focus to classical music. Fascinated by themes of home, loss, and memory, her works side-step boundaries and defy convention.
Villarreal’s music has premiered on both coasts featuring the JACK Quartet, violinist Andie Tanning Springer, and members of the percussion ensemble red fish blue fish. Her work has been sought out by the Composers’ Voice concert series, the Boston New Music Initiative, and the PUBLIQuartet. Past composition teachers include Pulitzer-prize winner Roger Reynolds, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Chinary Ung, and Tania Leon. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and is pursuing her M.M. at New York University with Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon.
In addition to her work as a composer, Villarreal is an avid supporter of the performing arts. She has lent her services to such preeminent organizations as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Wordless Music Series, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, MATA, the Unsound Festival, and the FIGMENT Arts Festival on Governor’s Island.
Villarreal is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of the New York-based contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant.