Silviu Ciulei

Classical and flamenco guitarist Silviu Octavian Ciulei was born in Constanta, Romania. He began his musical studies at the age of six and attended the High School of Arts in Constanta.  By age thirteen, he had won his first performance prize. In Romania, Silviu won many prizes 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 the  Concerto in A major opus 30 by Mauro Giuliani with the Black Sea Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2004, Silviu was awarded a Full International Scholarship to study guitar performance with Dr. William Yelverton at Middle Tennessee State University.  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 the 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 Guitar Festival and Competition, Second Prize in the Texas International Guitar Competition, First Prize in the Columbus Guitar Symposium, First Prize in the Appalachian Guitar Festival,  Third Prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition, Fifth Prize at the prestigious Parkening International Guitar Competition, Third Prize in the Schadt Concerto Competition. While competing in the Parkening Competition, Soundboard Magazine said Silviu …"gave a solid performance"...

Silviu 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 band Tequila Flamenco Group at the Guitar Foundation of America International Festival at Oberlin Conservatory, Eastfield College Guitar Festival in Dallas, TX, and with his new flamenco project Maharajah Flamenco Trio at the Southern Guitar Festival and Competition in Columbia, SC and has toured the United States east coast from Florida to New York.

Silviu holds a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from Middle Tennessee State University, a Master of Music in guitar performance from Florida State University, and a Doctor of Music degree in guitar performance from Florida State University where he was graduate teaching assistant to 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.

Name Title Description


Guitar Ensemble


Guitar Class I

Introduction to guitar skills. Intended for students with no guitar skills. Emphasis is on achievement of basic proficiency in chord playing, note reading, strumming patterns, and basic finger styles.


Guitar Class II

Continuation of MUS-108. Emphasis is on chord playing, note reading, strumming patterns and basic finger styles through learning various songs. Also designed for students with prior guitar playing experience.


Guitar Methods

Designed to prepare music educators to teach the fundamentals of guitar performance at the elementary and secondary school levels. Emphasis will be placed on pedagogy and course management as well as performance skill.

    M.M. and D.M., guitar performance, Florida State University

    B.M., guitar performance, Middle Tennessee State University
    Training Under

    Bruce Holzman
    Dr. William Yelverton
    Adam del Monte
    Ricardo Nunez
    Oscar Guzman

    Connect with Admission

    Furman University is one of the nation's premier undergraduate liberal arts colleges. We offer outstanding academics, opportunities for a broad range of talented students with a passion for learning, a robust arts program, and NCAA Division I athletics.

    Want more information about the admission process at Furman?

    Contact us

    Once you see our campus, making the right college decision will be so much easier.

    Plan a visit

    Undergraduate Evening Studies provides adults the opportunity to receive an education from one of the premier liberal arts universities in the nation.

    Whether you are starting or continuing your education, or have been away from the classroom for a few months or several years, our program provides many services to assist you with accomplishing your educational and professional goals.

    Apply now

    Our graduate studies program is designed for the professional educator.

    We know the challenges teachers and administrators face every day, and we are committed to helping you become a leader within your school system or district.

    Apply now
    • 50th Anniversary of Desegregation at Furman
    • Furman University