Marius Mihalache is the best known Romanian dulcimer player. Born in Bucharest, in a family of musicians, he first encountered the dulcimer at 4 years old, encouraged by his father. At 10 he won his first prize in Athens, Greece, and by 17 he had won numerous awards for interpretative virtuosity. The most important moment of his life as an artist was meeting and opening for the one who would later become his mentor, the renowned American artist Chick Corea. In 2017 his latest Balkan-music project “Săftiță” is released – telling the story of his life, highlighting his Gypsy affiliation and all that it brought to build his cultural and musical background. Listen to him live and you’ll understand why he is called the “Cimbalom Whisperer”.