Maharajah Flamenco Trio
Founded in 2011, Maharajah Flamenco Trio is the brainchild of Silviu Ciulei. After successfully leading flamenco bands in Romania and Tennessee, Silviu was looking to put something together in his new home, Tallahassee, Florida. He wanted this group to be smaller than previous endeavors, more intimate, with players virtuosic enough to fully accompany and realize his compositions. He met David Cobb by chance. Both were hired through a mutual friend to play a city festival and both were intrigued by each other’s playing style. Once Silviu met Ramin, he realized he had found the perfect players, and brought them together to create Maharajah Flamenco Trio. Not long after, they began to tour, playing theatres, universities, and venues along the east coast, from the Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola, FL to The Shrine in Harlem, NY. They have appeared on television, as well as NPR, college, and internet radio, and in print around the southeast. They have been the featured artist two years running at the Southern Guitar Festival and were recently featured in Florida State University’s annual Rainbow Concert, a showcase of the great world music scene in Tallahassee.
In 2013, they released their first studio album, Encuentro, a musical encounter that transports the listener around the world. Rich and finely-nuanced, the album captures the diverse musical backgrounds and technical virtuosity of the trio to create a singular listening experience of unique and daring music.
Jesus Serrano Huitron
Born in Mexico City, Jesus Serrano Huitron studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, starting under the guidance of Selvio Carrizosa and concluding his degree with honors under the direction of Jaime Soria in 2017. Jesus has performed concerts and participated in masterclasses in some of the most diverse concert halls in Mexico and the United States. Jesus has taken master classes with David Russell, Eliot Fisk, Marcin Dylla, Pepe Romero, Ana Vidovic, Issac Bustos, Giampaolo Bandini, Gonzalo Salazar, Juan Francisco Padilla, Xuefei Yang, and more. Jesus has won first prize at several competitions including the 2017 Texas Guitar Competition and Festival, the 2016 Florida Guitar Foundation Classical Guitar Competition, the 2015 Boston Guitarfest, and the 2014 Columbus State University Guitar Symposium and Competition. Jesus Serrano is the 2016 Southern Guitar Festival First prize soloist.
Violinist Weiru Sheng and guitarist Erdong Li, both MA students at the Schwob School of Music, formed the W.E. duo in 2015. After winning the 2016 Southern Guitar Competition in the Ensemble division this past summer, they went on tour across China. Both being accomplished musicians, they have also individually won numerous regional and national solo competitions throughout the United States and China. They have been coached by Andrew Zohn, Sergiu Schwartz, and Boris Abramov of the Schwob School of Music.