Biography

ROXANNA PANUFNIK b.1968 ARAM, GRSM(hons), LRAM studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and, since then, has written a wide range of pieces – opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, orchestral and chamber compositions, and music for film and television – which are performed all over the world.

Roxanna has a great love of world music - this has culminated in her "Four World Seasons" for violinist Tasmin Little, the world premiere of which was picked by BBC Radio 3 to launch their Music Nations weekend, celebrating the London Olympics; her multi-faith Warner Classics CD "Love Abide" (www.loveabide.com) and "Dance of Life: Tallinn Mass" for Tallinn Philharmonic (www.tallinnmass.com), commissioned to celebrate Tallinn's reign as European Capital of Culture.

She is especially interested in building musical bridges between faiths and her first project in this field was the violin concerto "Abraham", commissioned for Daniel Hope, incorporating Christian, Islamic and Jewish chant to create a musical analogy for the fact that these three faiths believe in the same one God. This work was subsequently converted into an overture for the World Orchestra for Peace and premiered in Jerusalem and London under the baton of Valery Gergiev, in 2008 and at the 2014 BBC Proms.

Her 2017 opera "Silver Birch", commissioned by Garsington Opera, was met with great audience and critical acclaim.

2018/9 holds some exciting projects, including two major choral-orchestral works for and Roxanna's 50th Birthday year, for the BBC Last Night of the Proms and a co-commissioned oratorio for City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Poland, marking Poland's centenary as an independent state and a new commission from Marin Alsop, for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2019.

Roxanna's compositions are published by Peter's Edition Ltd and recorded on many labels including Warner Classics, Signum, Chandos, and EMI Classics.

Listen to Act IV from Roxanna's The Hare & the Tortoise
The Hare & the Tortoise