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Marius Preda Marius Preda (1977) comes from a musical family. At four years of age he was given a cymbal by his grandmother, and as result became fascinated by the sound of this instrument. On his fourteenth birthday Marius was admitted to the Rumanian George Enescu High School. At about the same time he performed in different orchestras, including gipsy orchestras, throughout Rumania. Two years later, 1993, Marius was invited to the Netherlands to play with different Rumanian ensembles. Here he also made his first contact with jazz music.

In 1995 Marius began to study the vibraphone at the jazz department of the Royal Conservatory in The Haque, where he graduated with distinction and created a CD on witch for the first time the cymbal is played as a jazz instrument. In October 1998 he recorded his first CD, and in the 1999-2000 season he played together with the Dutch group Flairck and later as a soloist with the Rosenberg Trio.

Marius Preda has chosen his musical project ‘Mission cymbalom’ to promote the cymbal as a real jazz instrument. Marius Preda believes in this mission with full energy and passion. Original compositions and arrangements by Mission Cymbalom sound differently and can be experienced as a complete new genre in jazzmusic. Mission Cymbalom performs as a trio in theaters and concert halls, at national and international jazz-music festivals and can be easily be the inspiring basis for instrumental and vocal soloists.

This fantastic international trio offers an unexpected blend of jazz, world music, folklore from Rumania, Arabic music, Latin-American music and flamenco. All coming from the musical brains of Marius Preda, Decebal Badila and Antal Steixner, who never deny their roots and their favorite musical genre. Together they make the difference. The Preda Connection performs as a trio in theaters and concert halls, at national and international jazz-music festivals and can be easily be the inspiring basis for instrumental and vocal soloists.

Marius Preda is also a member of the Romanian Enesemble and comes every summer to Arosa to the DAJOERI Panflute Festival. But he also concerted at the Forest Stage of Arosa (Waldbühne Arosa) and is famous for his genius improvisations on the Cymbalom.