Amilcar Cruz is a guitarist, composer and educator who has been working as a full time musician and guitar instructor since graduating with a B.A. from The University of Maryland in 2000 where he studied jazz, music theory and composition. He has performed alongside such stars of the Latin music scene as the Emmy Award winning Benise, Jerry Rivera, Luis Enrique, Grammy winner Nestor Torres, and David Pavon along with his own award winning group Trio Caliente. Playing guitar since his early teens, he began by playing rock and was later inspired by flamenco guitar greats Sabicas and Paco de Lucia. Amilcar turned to serious flamenco study at age 17 with Paco de Malaga in Washington, DC and later, in Spain, with Gerardo Nunez. He combines the fluidity of acoustic rock with flamenco technique amidst a wide array of Latin influences.