Silviu Ciulei, a junior guitar performance major at MTSU has won the $500 Second Prize at the 12th Annual Appalachian State University Guitar Competition on Sunday, April 15. This year's competition was exceptionally competitive and included guitarists from across the US representing universities and music conservatories in Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore, Hartford, and Dallas. Also competing were international students representing Slovakia, Bosnia, Israel and Ecuador. (The First Prize was won by Cameron O'Conner, a graduate student from Cal State Northridge). This is the fourth consecutive year that an MTSU guitar student has won a prize in this nationally recognized competition.
From Constanza, Romania, Silviu was awarded a full international scholarship to attend MTSU three years ago. In just three years, he has established himself as one of the Nashville area's finest classical and flamenco guitarists. Last month, Silviu won the $2000 Second Prize in the Dallas International Guitar Competition. Since coming to MTSU, he has won First Prize in the Memphis Beethoven Club Competition and Second Prize in the Mississippi Concerto Competition.
Silviu's program for the competition finals:
Three Caprices - L. Legnani
Un tiempo fue itálica famosa - J. Rodrigo
Jongo - P. Bellinati