Mariana Preda is a Pan Flute musician and Singer based in Amsterdam.
To this day she released three albums, "Luna", "Sunrise" and "The Untold Stories", with the Italian label MAP from Milan.
Mariana won numerous music awards, among which are also the Maria Tanase, the Mamaia Music Festival award and the first place at the Panflute Competition in the Netherlands.
Her education was enriched by Dutch Panflute player Matthijs Koene. In May 2018 she got her bachelor diploma in 'Classical/Contemporary Panflute' at the Conservatory of Amsterdam which opened for her the first Master Panflute department in the Netherlands.
Besides her music accomplishments, Mariana is also an award-winning actress and director.
She was casted by Italian director Nikolas Grasso at the age of 16 for the movie “Doina, which won her two best actress awards, one at the Monaco International Film Festival and the other at the Festival du Cinema de Paris. In 2014 she directed her first short film called ‘Life’, which was premiered in Seattle at NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth), the largest world film festival for young directors and was awarded with the “Independent Spirit Award”at the European Premiere during the Monaco International Film Festival held in Montecarlo.
In 2015 she directed a short film in Bucharest sponsored by Expedia USA.
In 2016 Mariana has been given a special prize at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest for being one of the best Romanian students abroad in the field of the arts, a recognition that also rewards her activity of promoting the pan flute all over the world.
In 2017 she released her first single hit called "Dungeons".
Mariana Preda performed classical and contemporary music accompanied by Japanese pianist Daisuke Kanamaru at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ for the 40th edition of the Uitmarkt Festival.
On 15 February Mariana Preda performed for the opening of the photo exposition "Romanian and the Great War" in the presence of Willibrord van Beek, the King's commissioner of Utrecht and of Romania's Ambassador H.E. Brandusa Predescu, at the museum Huis Doorn.
Other music festivals where Mariana took part in 2018: Vondelpark Festival, Uitmarkt Festival, Prix Annelie de Man, Gaudeamus Festival, Romanian Days in De Hoge Veluwe.
She performed in many cities around the world such as Bucharest, Cluj, Milan, Rome, Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Havana, New York, Chicago Cultural Center and recently she held a concert for the Romanian Community in California.
During summer 2018 Mariana together with Daisuke Kanamaru took part at the well known IBLA Grand Prize, a music competition that takes place in Ragusa, Italy every year, run by the IBLA Foundation based in New York City.
This year it was the 27th Edition and Mariana got two awards: Outstanding Musician scoring 9.20 out of 10 and the Bartok Special Award.
On 5th May 2019 Mariana got an Honorary Citizenship of the city of Jacksonville, Arkansas, handed by Mayor Bob Johnson.
On 7th May 2019 Mariana performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.