Diwa de Leon is a multi-awarded full time composer, arranger and music producer who has been working with films, tv shows and commercials for nearly 20 years.
Born to a musical family, he wrote his first composition, a short piano piece, at age 5 under the tutelage of his father.
He is highly invested in the performance and promotion of 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 in the Philippines 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”. He also won the Gawad Buhay 2018 Award for Best Music Composition for his work in “Ibong Adarna” ballet suite commissioned by Ballet Manila of Philippines’ prima ballerina, Lisa Macuja. He has written music for over 60 films.
n 2018, Diwa holds the distinction of composing music for the first ever Netflix series from the Philippines, “AMO” directed by acclaimed filmmaker Brillante Mendoza.
As a live musician, Diwa has performed in international tours that include musical festivals from the USA (including the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Fiesta Asia at the Washington, DC area), Germany, China, Sweden, and Malaysia both as a solo artist and as part of Makiling band.
He is also known as "The String Player Gamer" in his YouTube channel, where he regularly uploads videos of himself performing arrangements of popular video game and pop culture music, sometimes clad in colorful costumes of iconic characters. He has more than 130,000 Youtube subscribers and 12,000 Facebook Page likes and is currently making YouTube content as a full-time career. He has released more than 50 albums under the String Player Gamer brand.
As a founding member of the world music band in the Philippines, 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.