Benjamin Serur, 16, is a Venezuelan cellist now living in the U.S. He began his musical studies at age 7, and trained in the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela. In 2016, he studied at the Simon Bolivar Music Conservatory in Caracas, where his mentors were the Maestros Francy Vasquez and Juan J. Romero. In 2017 he served as assistant principal cello of the Chacao Youth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Ulyses Ascanio. After emigrating to the U.S. in 2018, he has joined several local orchestras and participated in numerous concerts and recitals. He currently studies with Courtenay Vandiver Pereira. He was selected to participate in the 2020 International Cello Institute and was a prize-winner at the Virtuosi of Houston Concerto Competition. Benjamin participates in the orchestra at Mayde Creek High School in Katy ISD, and has earned positions in TMEA’s Region 23 Orchestra for three consecutive years. He plays in Houston Youth Symphony’s top orchestra, Symphony. Benjamin loves music and wants to be a professional musician.