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 "Three Paths to Peace", commissioned by the World Orchestra for Peace and premiered in Jerusalem under the baton of Valery Gergiev - the same performers gave the European premiere of the work at the BBC Proms last year (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3).
Recent premieres include her oratorio "Dance of Life" (in Latin and Estonian), incorporating her fourth mass setting, for multiple Tallinn choirs and the Tallinn Philharmonic Orchestra (commissioned to mark their tenure of European Capital of Culture 2011 and recently recorded - in English - for release on Warner Classics 2014), "Four World Seasons" for violinist Tasmin Little and the London Mozart Players, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, launching their Music Nation Weekend, celebrating the 2012 Olympics and "Memories of my Father" commissioned and recorded by the Brodsky Quartet who also gave the UK, Polish and Dutch premieres.
2014/15 sees numerous premieres in Europe, Australia and the USA with the choirs of Westminster and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedrals, Philadelphia’s St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Chanticleer, the Welsh Sinfonia, Ernst Kovacic & the Leopoldinum Orchestra, the Brodsky Quartet and the London Mozart Players (with whom she has been appointed inaugural Associate Composer from 2012 – 15).
Roxanna's compositions are published by Peter’s Edition Ltd and have been recorded on many labels including Warner Classics (most recently her multi-faith choral CD Love Abide www.loveabide.com) and EMI Classics. Four CD were released last year on Warner Classics, Signum, Chandos and Bis - the latter three joint discs with her father, composer Andrzej Panufnik.
On Saturday 21st March, violinist Matthew Trussler and pianist Ashley Wass will premiere Roxanna's "Down the Rabbit Hole" - the first of 12 commissions in a fantastic multi-composer (inc. Sally Beamish, Stephen Hough & Elvis Costello) project, in aid of the Lenny Trussler Children's Foundation. Catch that rabbit at Guildford International Music Festival - more details here!....read the full story