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The Troubadour Series

Carl SandburgThe Troubadour Series at Wofford is named after Carl Sandburg, who was called "the Old Troubadour" by Frank Lloyd Wright. Sandburg's home is located in Flat Rock, N.C., and he visited the Wofford campus on more than one occasion. He was an avid guitarist who wrote several poems inspired by the guitar and guitarists. On his deathbed in 1967, he requested to hear one of the Segovia recordings he had listened to since the 1930s. 

All Troubadour Series concerts are free and open to the public.

For more information about Sandburg, click here. For more information about The Troubadour Series, please contact Dr. John Akers.

Friends of the Series: Tom and Moss Baldwin, Asheville, NC. http://www.baldwinclassical.com/

Spring 2018 Performances

Silviu Ciulei, Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018
Leonard Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

Classical and flamenco guitarist Silviu Octavian Ciulei was born in Constanta, Romania. He began his musical studies at the early age of six and attended the High School of Arts, a Conservatory style school in Constanta. By age thirteen, he had won his first performance prize. Many awards soon followed including First Prizes in the National Music Olympics, and was First Prize winner and Gold Medalist three times consecutively in the “George Georgescu” International Music Performance Competition. He graduated at the top of his class and was selected to perform a Concerto with the Black Sea National Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2004, Silviu was awarded a Full International Scholarship to study guitar performance with Dr. William Yelverton at Middle Tennessee State University in the Nashville Music City area of Tennessee. Silviu is the MTSU School of Music's first Full International Music Scholar and first four-time Undergraduate Research and Creativity Scholar and Grant recipient. Upon his graduation from MTSU he was awarded an Outstanding Achievement in Guitar Performance Award.


Since coming to the United States, Silviu has won an impressive collection of prizes. Among these, First Prize at the Indiana International Guitar Competition, First Prize at the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Festival and Competition, FirstPrize in the Texas International Guitar Competition, First Prize in the Columbus Guitar Symposium, First Prize in the Appalachian Guitar Festival, First Prize in the Schadt String International Concerto Competition. A recent top prize winner in some of the most prestigious competitions in the world including the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Parkening International GuitarCompetition, Silviu is a world class performer. While competing in the Parkening Competition, Soundboard Magazine said Silviu …"gave a solid performance"... http://www.silviuciulei.com/tp.gifSilviu is also an acclaimed flamenco guitarist. He traveled to the south of Spain to study flamenco guitar and lived in Cadiz, Madrid and Seville. Some of his flamenco mentors include Adam del Monte, Ricardo Nunez, and Oscar Guzman. He has performed with his flamenco quintet Tequila Flamenco Group at the Guitar Foundation of America International Festival at Oberlin Conservatory, Eastfield Guitar Festival in Dallas, TX. Recent engagements with his new flamenco project Maharajah Flamenco Trio include an array of performances at many festivals such as the Southern Guitar Festival, the Eastern Shore Guitar Festival, Florida Folk Festival, Radford Guitar Festival and a tour of the eastern coast of the United States from Florida to New York. Silviu has also appeared as soloist with the Nashville, Allentown, Tallahassee, Hendersonville symphony orchestras, just to mention a few of the more recent concerto performances.

Silviu holds a Bachelor of Music (BM) from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Master of Music (MM) and Doctor of Music (DM) in Guitar Performance from the Florida State University College of Music where he was graduate teaching assistant to distinguished professor Bruce Holzman. In addition to being a classical and flamenco guitarist, Silviu is also a fine flamenco singer and always fascinated with languages, Silviu speaks five fluently. After a few years teaching at FSU and other colleges in Florida, Silviu recently accepted a position at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina where he currently resides and is Professor of Guitar. A very sought after modern and dynamic artist, teacher, mentor and judge, Silviu appears regularly at many guitar festivals, workshops and conventions in the US and around the world. 

Past Years Performers 

  • David Burgess
  • Steve Erquiaga
  • Francois Fowler
  • Amy Brucksch
  • David Stevenson and River Guerguerian
  • Oliver Fartach Naini
  • William Dale Smith
  • Ana Lourdes Rodriguez (Piano)
  • Lenti Duo (Piano)
  • Stanley Alexandrowicz
  • Juan Falú
  • Steven Walters
  • Robert Sharpe
  • Austin Bella Corda
  • Roger Cope
  • Douglas James and Pasquale Rucco
  • Zane Forshee
  • Ernesto Tamayo
  • Robert Gruca
  • Carlos Perez
  • Ana Vidovic
  • Duo Kithara
  • Duo Allant
  • Ronn Mcfarlane
  • Ramón Justicia
  • John Akers
  • Keith Gehle
  • Swiss Guitar Quartet
  • Tantalus Guitar Quartet
  • Montana Skies (Guitar and Cello)
  • Georgia Guitar Quartet
  • James Marron
  • Texas Guitar Quartet
  • Hiroya Tsukamoto
  • Presti Guitar Trio
  • Lynn McGrath
  • Spotlight Series: Lily Afshar
  • Jerome Ducharme
  • James Manuele and Foti Lycouridis (Portland Guitar Duo)
  • Nicholas Goluses
  • Gráinne Hambly & William Jackson (Harp)
  • Patrick Lui
  • Gohar Vardanyan
  • Stephen Robinson
  • Angela Easterling and Brandon Turner
  • Marcos Diaz
  • Gerald Klickstein
  • Joseph Pecoraro
  • Genevieve Leitner
  • Numerous Students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Yuri Liberzon
  • Salomé Sandoval
  • Spotlight Series of the Music Foundation: Sharon Isbin
  • Michael Nicolella
  • Marco Sartor 
  • Christopher Berg
  • Martha Masters
  • Thomas Viloteau
  • Jérémy Jouve
  • Ricardo Cobo
  • Andrew Zohn
  • Akerman-Teixeira Duo
  • Isaac Bustos
  • Marina Alexandra
  • Valerie Hartzell