Roxanna Panufnik is one of the UK's most popular and loved composers whose works have struck a deep emotional chord with audiences.
Since studying composition at London's Royal Academy of Music, Roxanna has 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 around 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 2014 BBC Proms (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and subsequently released on DVD "From War to Peace").
Roxanna is Associate Composer with the London Mozart Players. Her compositions are published by Peter’s Edition Ltd and recorded on many labels including Warner Classics, Chandos, Signum and EMI Classics.