Kristian de Leon is a Brooklyn-based composer and percussionist

who writes colorful, imaginative works that explore the “in-betweens”

of Classical music. As a performer, he specializes in an avant-garde,

theatrical style that focuses on demonstrating the physical weight of

sound in sonic space and the interactions that may come as a result.


Kristian has written for a number of premiere performance artists 

and ensembles such as JACK Quartet, Transient Canvas, Matt Evans,

the NYU Percussion Ensemble and the CSUF Wind Symphony.

In addition, he has been commissioned to create new works by groups including Southern California Marimba and other select soloists. As a performer, he has played in several new music chamber ensembles and appeared as a guest artist with groups like the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet.


Kristian is currently living in Brooklyn, NY with his obscenely large house cat, Bagel, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Theory and Composition at NYU Steinhardt under Michael Gordon, Shelley Washington, and Robert Honstein. He is also a proud Rustic Percussion Artist (rusticpercussion.com, @RusticPercussion on Instagram). 

When he is not in writing or in school, Kristian can be found working at a local coffee shop, visiting an art museum, or simply just vibing at home

(Homepage photo by Andrea Tafelski, sheplaysthedrums.com)