Raul Manjarrez (b. 1982) began playing the piano at the age of 12 as a self taught. Two years later he began piano lessons, which he continued through high school. After high school Raul began studying with Dylan Savage at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, where he earned a B.M. in Piano Performance. After completing his undergraduate degree, Raul began working towards a M.M. in Piano Performance at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro under the guidance of John Salmon, who is known for his interpretations of the piano music of Dave Brubeck.
In addition to practicing solo piano works, Raul played the string bass in his high school orchestra. During his undergraduate studies, he was the pianist for the wind ensemble and the jazz ensemble. Manjarrez began working as a church organist and accompanist five years ago while working towards his bachelor‘s degree. Raul is expected to complete his master’s degree in the Spring of 2009 and hopes to spend time working as a music teacher before beginning work on a doctoral degree.