Matei Predescu is a Brooklyn-based pianist and composer with deep ties to the Bay Area. Born in Santa Clara, Matei has been nurtured by the Bay Area music scene from his early studies with jazz piano legend Amonte Jon Parsons. Today, Matei’s music explores diverse styles of improvisation and composition while rooted in traditions of jazz and Black American music, Eastern European folk music, and contemporary creative music. Matei studied at Oberlin Conservatory with luminary mentors such as Dan Wall, Billy Hart, Dana Jessen, and Johnny Coleman. In the Bay Area, he has performed at and worked with the Stanford Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and the Next Generation Jazz Festival. He currently lives and works in New York City as an educator, performer, and composer.