Leo Blanco


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Leo Blanco is a pianist, composer, musicology researcher, music consultant, producer, educator, and music social activist. He has been an advocate for the inclusion of global music and history as fundamental elements for a more integral modern music education curriculum, as well an advocate for the role of musicians as active social members in the community. As a Latin American educator and researcher at Berklee College of Music, one of his main objectives in the last decade has been to develop a curriculum rooted in the African Diaspora and its influence in the music and cultures of the Americas.

Career Highlights
  • 2021: Released an album of Latin American classical chamber music, Stories Without Words
  • 2020: Led the Sugar Road Ensemble
  • 2019: Received an honorable mention for his contribution to Africa in the Americas
  • 2019: Conducted a series of workshops and a concert in South Africa
  • Received Artist Fellowship Grant from Massachusetts Cultural Council (2022)
  • Awarded by the City of Houston for his contribution of diversity and African American history through the lectures of The Sugar Road Ensemble
  • “Angel Award” at Scottish National Investment Bank (2014)
  • “Best Musical Event” at Edinburgh International Festival (2014)
  • First Latin American artist to receive the Boston Jazz Society Award (2001)
  • School Name
    New England Conservatory
    Master of Music (M.M.)
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  • School Name
    Berklee College of Music
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    Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
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In Their Own Words
"I have taken it almost as a personal responsibility to ensure my students have ample world history knowledge. This is a powerful tool that will enable them to make well-informed decisions, not only about their music careers, but also as global citizens."