Glenda del Monte Escalante
Glenda (del E) del Monte Escalante is a multifaceted Afro Latin Soul musician, educator and artist from Cuba, who is passionate about being able to influence, inspire, motivate and stamp a positive footprint world with her music. Open to a variety of musical influences, from Classical piano repertoire and Cuban folklore to Hip-Hop, R&B and Jazz, del E has managed to establish herself as an extremely talented versatile musician amongst diverse music circles in Havana, Miami, Toronto and currently in NYC.
Del E has worked with various inspiring projects, such as Alejandro Sanz Band, Carnegie Hall Paquito de Rivera Workshop, the ASCAP Foundation, RBC Emerging Talent (Toronto Arts Council), Canada Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto, York University, among others.
For the past years, del E has been leading the New Cuban Generation project and Q-ban Mixology. In addition, Glenda has been an active music teacher holding her private studio, as well as teaching at York University (Canada), Yamaha Music School (Canada), Miami Conservatory of Music (Miami, USA), Piano School of NYC, Art Plaza Conservatory and Boys’ Club of New York, Let it Beat Music Academy.
Born Glenda del Monte Escalante in Havana, Cuba to musical parents, she started music school at age 7, when she started participating and winning local music competitions. In 1998, she moved to Toronto, Canada, to continue her high school studies and under scholarship classical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Instructed by John Alonso, she performed as a soloist accompanied by the Counterpoint Community Orchestra conducted by Terry Kowalczuc. Del E graduated from University of Toronto Faculty of Music Bachelor and holds a Master’s from York University, with both degrees in Piano Performance and concentrations in Music Education and Ethnomusicology.