we are Panfili and Friends

Faith brought us together
devotion to music united us

Faith brought us together, in the mesmerizing city of Vienna, and our devotion and love for music united us towards a common purpose.

Rusanda Panfili was born in Moldova, and is the founder of Panfili&Friends. At 12, she moved to Vienna to pursue a career as a violin soloist.

Rusanda and Teodora Miteva, acclaimed chamber musician from Bulgaria, met during their early studies at the University of Music.

Sasa Nikolic, from Croatia, is the core member of many folk ensembles in Austria and met Rusanda during their membership at the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation.

Christian Bakanic, from Austria, is one of the most acclaimed Jazz and Tango accordionists and composers in Austria, and met Rusanda while performing together with the world music group, Scurdia.

Alfredo Ovalles, is a concert pianist from Venezuela who has been part of numerous projects from Classical and Pop to Metal and Contemporary music. They met through their chamber music class at the University of Music.

Rusanda met Jonas Skielboe, from Denmark, a multi guitarist having specialised in Flamenco, classical, jazz and e-guitar, when both performed at a music festival in Greece.



We started playing together 4 years ago, and just after a few concerts we knew there was something unique about our personalities combined. Our heritage and our musical backgrounds, along with our love for classical and folk music allowed us to create a powerful connection with our audiences.

«Primul», meaning «The First» in Rusanda’s mother tongue Romanian, is our debut album, the outcome of 3 years of planning, rehearsing, composing, adapting and recording. The result is an album of 13 innovative, crossovers between classical and international folklore.

Each track was crafted with passion and care, by bringing into the light traditional rhythms that inspired each member of «Panfili&Friends». This is how the lively Venezuelan Pajarillo, the heartbreaking Moldovan songs of sorrow, or the elegant modern Tangos emerged on this versatile album.