Rusanda Panfili was born 1988 in Chisinau, Moldova. She started her violin studies in Romania at the “George Enescu” music school in Bucharest, and at the age of 11 she became one of the youngest students at the Conservatory of music and art in Vienna.
In 2015, she graduated her “Master of Arts” studies with excellence at the Music University in Vienna, under the guidance of Prof. Christian Altenburger.
She won her first international competition in Italy at the age of 10 and under the guidance from her violin professor Alexander Arenkow, Rusanda earned numerous international prizes such as “R. Lipizer” in Italy, “L.Spohr” in Germany, “Fidelio” in Austria and the “Herbert von Karajan”, “Tokyo foundation” and “Yamaha” scholarships in Austria.
She performs as a soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Mexico, Weimarer Stadtskapelle, Santo Domingo Philharmonic, Moldovan and Romanian Symphonic Orchestras among many others.
Rusandas’ repertoire includes violin concertos such as Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Piazzollas’ Estaciones Portenas. She performs in international chamber music festivals and explores the contemporary repertoire for violin solo. In duo with Guitar, Cello and Piano she also arranges compositions from Bach to pop and film music.
Collaborating with great musicians, composers and conductors such as Markus Schirmer, Aleksey Igudesman, Hans Zimmer, Horia Andreescu, Enrique Batiz, Ghenadie Ciobanu, Christos Hatzis, Hyung-Ki Joo, Erwin Schrott and Vadim Repin, she is involved in numerous extraordinary projects.
In “Fasten Seatbelts” and “The League of X-Traordinary Musicians”, she uses acting, dancing, acrobatic and choreography skills, besides her violin and viola playing. In “SCURDIA” and “Rojo Tango” she also sings and plays many styles of music.
In her project “Panfili & Friends” – an ensemble composed of violin, accordion, piano, drums, cello and guitar – she performs ethno-inspired classical, contemporary music and her own compositions. Rusanda designs her stage outfits herself and also collaborates with famous designers such as Tiberius.
Rusandas performances include solo and chamber music concerts at numerous festivals such as Luzern Festival, Verbier Festival, Trans-Siberian, Uno-Due-Tre and Schwäbischer Frühling.
With Hans Zimmer Live she was performing in 2016 in over 25 European Arenas including the O2 Arena in Prague, Stadthalle in Vienna and Wembley in London.
Besides her international awards at music competitions she was also awarded many special prizes for best interpretations of Mozart, Paganini and Contemporary compositions.
She has toured in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Italy, or Romanian, performing violin concertos such as Sibelius, Bruch, Prokofiev and Mozart.