Roxanna Panufnik

b. 1968

British

Summary

Roxanna Panufnik is one of the most versatile and beloved of British composers working today.  She studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and since then has written a works for opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, orchestral and chamber compositions, and music for film and television - which are performed all over the world. Thanks to her hybrid heritage, she has a great love of music from a variety of cultures and different faiths. 

Biography

Roxanna Panufnik is one of the most versatile and beloved British composers working today. She studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and since then has written works for opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, orchestral and chamber compositions as well as music for film and television that are seen and heard around the world.

Thanks to her hybrid heritage, she has a great love of music from a variety of cultures and different faiths. Her mission to build musical bridges between the three Abrahamic faiths has resulted in commissions from The World Orchestra for Peace in Jerusalem and the BBC for the 2018 Last Night on the Proms.

Roxanna's 50th Birthday year saw some exciting commissions and premieres. As well as the BBC 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 2024/2025. Her operas, Silver Birch and Dalia (winning an 'Excellence in Musical Theatre Award' ) commissioned by Garsington Opera received audience and critical acclaim.

Recent premieres include the reworking of her father Andrzej Panufnik's Five Polish Folk Songs for City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. She was commissioned by King Charles III to Coronation Sanctus for his Coronation in May 2023. Imminent premieres include a song cycle Gallery of Memories co-commissioned by the Oxford Lieder and Presteigne Festivals (for which she is 2023 composer in residence). 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.

News

Performances

1st March 2024

PERFORMERS
Amwaj Choir
LOCATION
Eglise du Saint Sacrement, Lyon, France

2nd March 2024

PERFORMERS
Amwaj Choir
LOCATION
Salle Olivier Messiaen, Grenoble, France

16th March 2024

PERFORMERS
Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
CONDUCTOR
Tianhui Ng
LOCATION
John M Greene Hall, Northampton, MA, United States of America

21st March 2024

PERFORMERS
RSO - Wien, Radio Symphonie Orchester - Wien
CONDUCTOR
Marin Alsop
LOCATION
Konzerthaus, Wien, Austria

24th March 2024

PERFORMERS
South East London Orchestra
CONDUCTOR
David Smith
LOCATION
St Michael and All Angels Church, Beckenham, United Kingdom

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