Nechifor's Biography

Radu Nechifor spent his childhood between the small town of Cisnădie at the foot of Făgăraş Mountains, his paternal grandparents' village on Dealu Feleacului, and his maternal grandparents' country house among the vineyards and forests of Argeş.

From an early age he enjoyed painting, wood carving and playing instruments, and at twelve he was admitted at the Art Highschool in Sibiu, where he started studying the panflute.

During the following seven years, Nechifor appeared on stage in Romania and abroad with the highschool's taraf (folklore band) and with the Căluşerul ensemble. His passion for panflute and folklore was inspired in part by the music of Maestro Gheorghe Zamfir, whose student he aspired to become.

Destiny wanted Radu to be one of the three students admitted in 2003 in Maestro Zamfir's panflute class, at the Bucharest Conservatoire. The Maestro guided him on the hard but beautiful path of musical maturation, and towards a profound understanding of the secrets of the panflute.

Four years later, Gheorghe Zamfir wrote about Radu Nechifor: “I am happy to present such a talent and proud that through him, who was my student, the Romanian pan flute gained an exceptional element”.

In 2006, Nechifor won the Third Prize at the Mamaia Folkloric Festival, and the Grand Prize at the Strugurele de Aur Festival.

In 2007, Nechifor gathered a wonderful collection of folkloric songs from all around Romania, and recorded them in his debut album, «Esenţă de nai» (Panflute Essence).

Nechifor is also a Romanian delegate to the European Youth Parliament (EYP). The EYP is an informal body of young people that discuss all problems relevant to today's society, from political to environmental issues, and propose legislative solutions. Occasionally, these proposals are discussed in the European Parliament and become law. In early 2010, Nechifor was invited and accepted to be president of an EYP session.

Nechifor learned the art and science of manufacturing pan flutes from the greatest pan flute builder, Joeri Murk. In late 2008, he opened his own panflute work shop which he built with his own hands next to his home, and now pursues his passion for pan flute building alongside his passion for playing.