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 (more details: PASSIONATE CAUSES) 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 overture Three Paths to Peace commissioned by 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. The BBC Last Night of the Proms in 2018 commissioned and premiered Songs of Darkness, Dreams of Light which brought together Jewish text, modes, Maronite Syriac chant and Sufi rhythm and structure.
Roxanna’s 50th Birthday year saw some exciting commissions and premieres. As well as the Proms, the oratorio Faithful Journey – a Mass for Poland for City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Poland, marked Poland’s centenary as an independent state. Recent commissions include Across the Line of Dreams for two conductors, two choirs and symphony orchestra premiered by Marin Alsop and Valentina Peleggi with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Ever Us commissioned by the Rundfunkchor Berlin, for 10 choirs and symphony orchestra, to premiere in 2024/25. Her operas, Silver Birch and Dalia commissioned by Garsington Opera received audience and critical acclaim.
2023 sees the premiere of the reworking of her father Andrzej Panufnik’s Five Polish Folk Songs with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Ravinia Festival. She is currently composing a piece for King Charles III’s Coronation (commissioned by His Majesty) and a song cycle Gallery of Memories (words by Jessica Duchen), co-commissioned by Oxford Lieder and Presteigne Festivals (and will be composer in residence at the latter, this coming August).
An ardent fan and passionate partaker of the UK’s unique liturgical choral scene, Roxanna has been raising funds through her epic ‘Diamond Cycles’ for the Diamond Fund for Choristers, for whom she is a patron (more details: PASSIONATE CAUSES)
Roxanna is Associate composer with the London Mozart Players and Composer-in-Residence with VOCES8.
Roxanna’s compositions are published by Peters Edition Ltd and recorded on many labels including Warner Classics, Signum, Chandos, and EMI Classics.Read More About