Alexander Preda received his Diploma „cum laudae“
from the National Music University in Bucharest.
His most influential teachers were
- Ana Pitis,
- Carlo Zecchi,
- Arthur Rubinstein.
He was awarded, among others, the „Dinu Lipatti“ Prize
of the Music Academy in Bucharest.
In addition to that, he was prize-winner of the International
J.S.Bach Competition in 1976 in Leipzig and the International Piano
Master Competition „Arthur Rubinstein“ in Tel Aviv,
Alexander has established a lively career as a solo concert pianist
as well as a chamber music performer.
Concerts worldwide and masterclasses or workshops in most European
countries, East Asia, the Americas and the Orient reflect an intense
and devoted artistic activity.
Alexander Preda started his musical
education at the age of five. Since there was a small piano in the
house, on which Alexander's mother used to play a little bit, the
young boy would try to reproduce the tunes that he heard when nobody
After some time, a friend of the family who happened to be a distinguished
music professor at the Academy, heard young Alexander playing and
"Piano! This is what Alexander should study from now on!"
Thus, in subsequent years, Alexander spent most of his time practising
the piano, learning and reading universal history, geography, philosophy,
physics, literature and cultural history.
He "respected" mathematics or astronomy, without prefering
them. He used to write, as a teenager, stories about pirates and
exotic countries, and later on, aesthetics or philosophy essays
for his own pleasure, never intending to publish them.
Alexander's most beloved composers of that time were Brahms, Beethoven,
Together with Yvonne Timoianu, Alexander
Preda formed the much acclaimed „Duo de Salzburg“ -
denomination that was first time officially accorded in 1988 by
the President of the Salzburger Land.
The permanent dedicated interest for contemporary music brought
Alexander and Yvonne a number of works written for and first auditioned
by them, most recent one, „Petit Mausolée for George
Enescu“ by the famous Henri Pousseur being the last piece
for cello and piano that the Belgian maestro wrote and also personally
witnessed in 2007.
The international press wrote about Alexander
- "Outstanding Recital of Austrian Music
Alexander Preda.... disciplined the seething passions of the Berg
Sonata in a masterly performance" (The Sunday News)
- "Il joue le plus naturellement du monde. Nous avons entendu
chanter un jeune homme, le plus souvent avec un plaisir vive et
sans apret qui entraine vivement l'adhésion" (La libre
- "Preda is intent, alert playing at all times, and with
a technical mastery second to none... The Fantasy of Schumann
became as a putty in Preda masterful hands" (The Windhoek
- "Un coloso por musicalidad y técnica... un dominio
del piano como pocas veces hemos podido admirar" (Diario