As winner of the NewMusic@ECU 2004 Composition Competition Leon Harrell holds among his awards the Bomhard Fellowship from the University of Louisville, as well as the Mary Shannon Boyd Piano Scholarship and the SGA Outstanding Senior Award in the Area of Keyboard Music from East Carolina University. Leon's music has also recently been featured at the SEAMUS 2011 conference.

Born in Wilson, NC in 1980, Harrell began his musical training at age five when he began playing the piano. He began composing at the age of thirteen and formal composition study during his undergraduate study at East Carolina University.

Harrell continued his education at the University of Louisville where he received a Masters of Music in music composition and is currently working on his doctoral degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Leon Harrell is a member of the American Music Center and his primary composition teachers include Mark Taggart, Ed Jacobs, Steve Rouse, Reynold Tharp, Scott Wyatt, Stephen Taylor, and Erik Lund.

Harrell has also had lessons with such composers as George Tsantakis, Shulamit Ran, and Juila Wolfe.

To see Leon's resume click here.