January 22, 2014

Biography

Roxanna Panufnik is one of the UK's most popular and loved composers whose works have struck a deep emotional chord with audiences everywhere.

Since studying composition at London's Royal Academy of Music, Roxanna's since written a wide range of pieces including opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, chamber compositions and music for film and television which are regularly performed all over the world.

Among her most widely given works are Westminster Mass, commissioned for Westminster Cathedral Choir on the occasion of Cardinal Hume's 75th birthday; The Music Programme, an opera for Polish National Opera's millennium season which received its UK premiere at the BOC Covent Garden Festival; and settings for solo voices and orchestra of Vikram Seth's Beastly Tales - the first of which was commissioned by the BBC for Patricia Rozario and City of London Sinfonia.

Other compositions include Roxanna's critically acclaimed harp concerto Powers & Dominions; Letters from Burma for oboist Douglas Boyd and the Vellinger String Quartet; Leda, a ballet for English National Ballet and Wratislavia Cantans and Abraham - a violin concerto commissioned by Savannah Music Festival for Daniel Hope, incorporating Christian, Islamic and Jewish music. This last work was converted into an overture, commissioned by the World Orchestra for Peace and premiered in Jerusalem under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

Recent premieres include her oratorio "Dance of Life" (in Latin and Estonian), incorporating her fourth mass setting, for multiple Tallinn choirs & the Tallinn Philharmonic Orchestra (commissioned to mark their tenure of European Capital of Culture 2011) and "Four World Seasons" for violinist Tasmin Little and the London Mozart Players, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on 2nd March 2012, as part of BBC Radio 3's Music Nation, celebrating the 2012 Olympics.

2012/13 saw numerous premieres in both Europe and the USA with the choirs of Westminster and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedrals, Philadelphia’s St Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Welsh Sinfonia and the London Mozart Players (with whom she has been appointed inaugural Associate Composer from 2012 – 15).