SURCARI MEMBER BIOS
Lorena earned her Master of Music degree Summa Cum Laude from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, where she received the Guitar Department Award. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree Summa Cum Laude from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, from which she received the String Department Gold Medal Award.
Lorena has received many awards, including the Identidad Latina's Latino de Oro Music Award. She performs regularly as a soloist and bandleader of her award-winning ensemble, Surcari, who received the Arts For Learning Connecticut's 2018 Performing Artist of the Year Award. She has released two albums: La Guitarra de Puerto Rico, a featured album of a Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Arts Gift Giving Campaign; and Surcari, which won third place for Best South and Central American Album at the 2009 Just Plain Folks Independent Music Awards.
Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Smithsonian Institute are among the most prestigious venues where he has performed. At Boston Symphony Hall, he performed with the Boston Pops. At the National Cathedral, he performed with world-renowned soprano Denise Graves. Eugenio's former group, Guamary, participated in the soundtrack for the PBS documentary: "Flight of the Condor." He is a former band member of several Latin groups, such as Altiplano, Flor de Caña, Sol y Canto, Andes Manta, and Viva Quetzal. He has recorded over a dozen albums with the aforementioned bands and other recording artists.