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Alheli Pimienta

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Described by the Toronto NOW Magazine as a "rising star," Mexican-born flutist Alhelí Pimienta has performed and taught in over 30 countries. Her latest virtual project, "Yo Quiero Equal Opportunity,” will present newly commissioned solo flute works by live composers of diverse backgrounds and styles such as Juro Kim Feliz (Phillipines), Icli Zitella (Venezuela), Daniel Cueto (Perú), Rodrigo Aceveda (México) and will be released in the Summer of 2023. Alhelí has presented lectures, conferences and masterclasses at the University of Toronto, University of Nebraska in Omaha, University of California Berkeley, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, the National Library of Catalonia in Barcelona, The American Cathedral in Paris, amongst many others. Having started her musical training at the age of 7, by age 14, she completed her first Western European multi-concert tour as the second flutist of the Mexican dance company "Fiesta Mexicana." During her foundational years, she trained baroque flutes, guitar, folk flutes and music appreciation with Jesús Mora Zamarripa, Carlos Trejo and Martín Ortíz Gurami in La Casa de La Cultura de Ciudad del Carmen, México. Her flute teachers include Luis Alfredo González and Miguel Angel Villanueva (México), Leonard Garrison and Merrie Siegel (USA), with Susan Hoeppner (Canada), Pierre Yves-Artaud (France), María Gabriela Rodríguez (Venezuela), Aysha Wills (Netherlands) and with Gergely Ittzés (Hungary). Alheli has curated performances and festivals in America that advocate for diversity in classical music. Some of these events include the Toronto Latin American Flute Festival, the International Flute and Piccolo Convention of Monterrey, and the Canadian Flute Convention. Mrs. Pimienta is a passionate flute teacher and founder of Flute Sprint International Studio, where she teaches talented flutists from beginner to professional levels. Since 12 years ago, Alhelí’s students have won annual awards in national and international festivals around the world, and many already enjoy fruitful teaching and performing careers. Miss Pimienta is a passionate advocate for new music by underrepresented composers from around the world, and she serves as a spokesperson and panel moderator for international conferences and non-profit organizations such as Global Toronto in Canada, and the NFA in the United States of America. She also has a live streaming project called “Pa’EducArte” (To Educate You), where every Tuesday night, she interviews composers and musicians of colour and advocates for diversity in classical music in Canada. Alhelí earned a partial Instrumental Performer degree from the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from the University of Idaho, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of Music, and has completed four years of Doctoral Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a proud International Yamaha Artist and performs on an 18K handmade gold flute. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Adrian Kostic and her two dogs, Samba and Tango.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Flute
  • Rudiments
  • Harmony
  • History
  • Counterpoint
  • Analysis
  • Recorder
  • Theory

Spoken languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Specialized in

  • Youth (7-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Young Children (under 7)
  • Beginner/Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaches At

  • At own home
  • At own studio
  • At student home
  • Online

Specialist designation

  • Flute - Elementary
  • Flute - Intermediate

Credentials

  • 2023 - Doctor in Musical Arts - University of Toronto
  • 2017 - Artist Diploma in Orchestral Performance - Glenn Gould School of Music
  • 2012 - Artist Diploma in Orchestral Performance - Glenn Gould School of Music
  • 2009 - Master's Degree in Flute Performance - University of Idaho
  • 2007 - Bachelor's Degree in Flute Performance - University of Idaho
  • 2002 - Preparatory-Grade 3 Conservatory Diploma - Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey (INBA)

School Associations

  • Canadian Music Centre - National
  • National Flute Association - National

Addresses

  • Flute Sprint International Studio East Toronto @ 159 Barrington Avenue, East York ON, CA, M4C 5N1
  • Flute Sprint International Studio West Toronto @ 4258 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON, CA, M9C 1Z7
RCM Credentials
RCM Certified