LIVE OAK — The Friends of Music Series will present its second concert at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Covenant First Presbyterian Church, 421 White Avenue in Live Oak.
The concert will feature classical and flamenco guitarist, Dr. Silviu Ciulei. He will perform classical pieces by Satie, Debussy, Reinhardt, and Giocosa, as well as some of his own flamenco compositions.
Admission is free and a lovely reception follows where audience members may visit with the performer.
Silviu Octavian Ciulei was born in Constanta, Romania, and began musical studies at the age of 6. By 13, he was gleaning numerous awards for his guitar playing. In 2004, Ciulei was awarded a Full International Scholarship to study guitar performance at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the MTSU School of Music’s first Full Scholar and Grant recipient. Upon graduation, he was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award in Guitar Performance.
Since coming to the United States, Ciulei has won an impressive collection of prizes. He is a world class performer. He is also an acclaimed flamenco guitarist. He studied in Spain and has formed two flamenco ensembles, and has performed on National Public Radio and TV.
Some of his performances have been at several festivals throughout the southeast, including The Florida Folk Festival.
Ciulei holds a Bachelor of Music from MTSU, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Music in Guitar Performance from FSU, where he was a graduate teaching assistant to distinguished professor, Bruce Holzman. Ciulei is also a flamenco singer and speaks five languages fluently.
After teaching at FSU and other colleges in Florida for a few years, he is now a professor of guitar at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. He has also been appointed as Visiting Professor at Wake Forrest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
A very sought after modern and dynamic artist, teacher, mentor and judge, Ciulei appears regularly at many guitar festivals, workshops, and conventions in the U.S. and around the world.