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, chamber compositions, and music for film and television – which have been performed all over the world.
Highlights of her works include 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. All three Tales are available on disc.
Roxanna has a particular interest in world music – a recent culmination of this was Abraham, a violin concerto commissioned by Savannah Music Festival for Daniel Hope, incorporating Christian, Islamic and Jewish music. This was then converted into an overture, commissioned by the World Orchestra for Peace and premiered in Jerusalem under the baton of Valery Gergiev.
Also recently premiered was 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). She has just completed Four World Seasons for violinist Tasmin Little which will be premiered with the London Mozart Players and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on 2nd March 2012, as part of BBC Radio 3′s Music Nation, celebrating the 2012 Olympics. Roxanna has also recently been appointed inaugural Associate Composer with the London Mozart Players, 2012-15.
Roxanna’s compositions are published by Peter’s Edition Ltd and have been recorded on many labels including Warner Classics and EMI Classics.
Further information can be found on www.roxannapanufnik.com