Manhattan School of Music - M.M.
Manhattan School of Music - M.A.
University Javeriana de Bogota - B.M.
Colombian Flutist Laura del Sol Jiménez performed with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra and Colombia National Symphony Orchestra before moving to New York in 2016. Laura has also appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and with orchestras in China, Japan, Israel, Italy, Argentina, Chile, and throughout the United States. Currently, Laura serves as flute faculty at the Portland Conservatory of Music and Director of the Conservatory’s College-Preparatory Program. Laura also teaches at 317 Main, the Union City Music Project, and privately.
Laura has won numerous awards in her career, highlighted by the expressiveness and poised technical accuracy of her performances. Laura was a prizewinner in the Gran Premio de Santiago Flute competition in Chile, Colombia’s Concurso Universitario de Flauta de Bogotá, Ciudad de Bogotá Woodwind Competition, and selected five times for the roster of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango Concert Series.
Laura has appeared as a soloist with the Cali Philharmonic Orchestra, Marga-Marga Symphony, Caldas Symphonic Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia Orchestra, and Universidad Javeriana Symphony Orchestra.
Equally at home as a chamber musician, Laura has performed at international music festivals such as the Bowdoin Music Festival and the Portland Bach Festival, and collaborated with groups such as Windscape and the Jupiter String Quartet. In 2015, Laura founded the Linos trio, which toured Colombia and produced an acclaimed album premiering music of contemporary Latin American composers.
Laura has dedicated much of her career to commissioning and performing works of Latin American composers. Laura, originally from the coffee-belt Colombian town of Calarcá, has uniquely experienced the power of music to heal communities in war-torn countries. To help provide musical resources to underserved Colombian communities, Laura founded the Orpheus Cultural Foundation in 2013, dedicated to achieving social inclusion and encouraging the development of arts in communities devastated by Colombia's 50-year war.
Laura is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Manhattan School of Music. Her dissertation examines the history and methods by which South American folk themes emerge in Latin American classical music. Laura holds a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá.
Laura performs on a Sankyo silver flute and Emmanuel gold head joint.