Diwa de Leon is a multi-awarded composer, arranger, film scorer, and live musician. Born to a musical family, he wrote his first composition, a short piano piece, at age 5 under the tutelage of his father.
His latest musical passion involves the HEGALONG, a two-stringed Philippine traditional lute, which lead him to create his Hegalong Project. The Hegalong Project is a series of original music that highlights the hegalong and combining it with a genre of music from today, such pop, rock and jazz.
Diwa has won awards for his film scores including the 2013 Gawad Urian for Best Music for the film “Baybayin”, Cinemalaya 2012 Best Music for “Kamera Obskura”, Cinemalaya 2011 Best Music and Best Sound for “Busong”, and Cinema One 2008 Best Music for “Kolorete”.
His notable works include the music for the TV shows “Survivor Philippines” and “Bayan Ko”, “Palace of the Dwarves” - a full ballet suite commissioned by Lisa Macuja, the movie musical “Emir”, Regal Film’s “Mamarazzi”, various indie film entries from Cinemalaya and Cinema One, and countless TV commercials and jingles.
As a live musician, Diwa has performed in international tours that include musical festivals from USA, Germany, China, Sweden, and Malaysia.
As a founding member of the world music band, Makiling, Diwa has co-produced and recorded 3 albums with the band. Diwa also released his 1st solo CD “Memories on Two Strings” featuring 25 original works for hegalong and is available online through his website, www.diwadeleon.com.
He graduated valedictorian at the Philippine High School for the Arts in 1997, and finished his Bachelor of Music in Composition degree at UP College of Music, Diliman.