What is a cimbalom and how do you play one? Celebrated
cimbalom virtuoso Marius Mihalache presents his latest
project ‘Cimbalom meets classic.’ In this workshop, he introduces
the string instrument, which is commonly found
in Central-Eastern European cultures such as Romania,
and which has been an essential component of so-called
Gypsy music for centuries. While demonstrating how
to use the cimbalom, he pushes rhythms to interesting
extremes by creating a fusion of Romanian folk, Balkan
music and modern beats, and pays tribute to traditional
Romanian songs and instruments. The perfect opportunity
for music lovers to discover the cimbalom in an
interactive and innovative way.
Born into a family of musicians in Bucharest, Marius Mihalache (1974, Bucharest) started playing the cimbalom at the age of four. Five years later, he won his first music prize, and since then, he has been the recipient of numerous awards for his virtuosity and creative interpretations of Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Mozart. Before launching his critically-acclaimed first album Eclipse in 1998, Mihalache composed soundtracks for several films and TV series. He was invited to perform at the headquarters of the United Nations, the White House, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and many more. Marius has more than 29 years of experience in performing jazz, classical, and Gypsy music, as well as in organising classes for people who would like to learn more about the cimbalom.