Lenia, a native from Havana, Cuba, has excelled throughout her musical career as much as a flutist in the classical genre as she has ventured into the jazz world. At the age of fifteen years old, she participated as a soloist with the symphony orchestra of the Conservatory Guillermo Tomas, Cuba in the second festival of symphony orchestras in Cuba. Her professional journey as a flutist started when she joined the jazz band of the famous cabaret “Tropicana” in Cuba, accompanying the show for 4 years while also serving as an alternate flutist in the National Band of Cuba. During this time, she made several international trips abroad as a jazz flute player and vocalist with different ensembles which allowed her to gain experience in performing a wide repertoire of traditional Cuban music, Latin jazz, and standard jazz. Ms. Bolano obtained her most recent contract as flutist and vocalist in 2010 in the United Arab Emirates for 2 years, after which she decided to move definitively to the United States to continue her studies in music.
In 2016 Lenia was one of the winners for the Austin Flute Society Masterclass Competition. In 2017, she was the principal flute of the Mississippi Intercollegiate Band (Honor Band event), and a guest artist at the Louisiana Flute Festival teaching a jazz class entitled “Thinking Outside the Box”. Also, the same year she was selected as an alternate for the NFA Jazz Flute Masterclass and one of the winners of the NFA Flute Choir Competition.
She was the principal flutist of the 41st Army Band in Mississippi when Lenia performed exclusively with the Jazz Combo of the unit which was given the highest possible certification by Army Music Officers. CW2 Casey Kirk, Chief of Command of the unit quoted “Due to her incredible musical ability, they were selected to perform at the 2018 Army Music Leaders Conference”. Lenia has also been awarded the coin of recognition of the Army Band Excellence of the Army National Guard.
Her interests in composition have led to two of her most recent works being premiered at the University of Southern Mississippi; “Nostalgia” for flute choir and “Trio for Two Friends”. Besides, “Trio for Two Friends” was accepted to be a performance by the Music by Women Festival which was performed in March 2018.
Lenia graduated from the Conservatory of Cuba “Guillermo Tomas” with honors. In 2012, she was awarded a generous scholarship at the University of Southern Mississippi where she culminated with honors her bachelor studies in music performance with Dr. Mezzadri. At USM, she earned the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with flutists like Richard Sherman, Jim Walker, Raffaele Trevisani, and others. She is currently doing her master’s degree in Music Performance at the University of North Texas, and she remains as a teacher of flute, piano and voice lessons.
Here is what others are saying about Lenia:
I would characterize Lenia’s teaching style as passionate and energetic. She has a way of reaching all students despite what instrument they play. Lenia has a strong knowledge of the history of the music, styles, and techniques… Knowing these things are great when trying to explain music/rhythm to students, its origin, and ways to play it using a different style/technique.Music Educator, 41st Army Band
I would recommend Lenia to anyone. She is a wonderful person. Lenia works very well with others and has a very agreeable and nice manner about her. Lenia is an amazing musician – really not any weak points. Any student would be greatly enhanced by her teaching. She is very good about being places on time and an effective communicator with all. She has a willing attitude to do any task that is asked of her.Commander of the 41st Army Band
Beginning in 2007 Lenia has gained extensive teaching experience, working with students of all ages on the flute, piano, as well as vocal. If you have the privelege of working with Lenia, you will not regret your choice!
Contact Starlight Music Lessons to schedule your trial lesson with Lenia!