Roxanna Panufnik is one of the UK's most popular and loved composers whose works have struck a deep emotional chord with audiences everywhere.
Since studying composition at London's Royal Academy of Music, Roxanna's since 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 all over 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 will give the European premiere of the work at the BBC Proms on 20th July, this year (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and televised for transmission on BBC 4 on 14th August).
Recent premieres include 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 and recently recorded - in English - for release on Warner Classics 2014) and "Four World Seasons" for violinist Tasmin Little and the London Mozart Players, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, launching their Music Nation Weekend, celebrating the 2012 Olympics.
2013/14 sees numerous premieres in Europe, Australia and the USA with the choirs of Westminster and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedrals, Philadelphia’s St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Chanticleer, the Welsh Sinfonia, Ernst Kovacic & the Leopoldinum Orchestra, the Albanian TV & Radio Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players (with whom she has been appointed inaugural Associate Composer from 2012 – 15). Her multi-faith choral CD “Love Abide” (www.loveabide.com) was released this February to critical acclaim and "Dance of Life: Tallinn Mass" will be released (also with Warner Classics) on 4th February, 2014.
2014 is the centenary of Roxanna's father's, Andrzej Panufnik, birth - many concerts, recordings and events including father-daughter programming will be happening over this year - please do visit panufnik.com for further details (which will be regularly updated through this year and next).
Roxanna's compositions are published by Peter’s Edition Ltd and have been recorded on many labels including Warner Classics (most recently her multi-faith choral CD Love Abide www.loveabide.com) and EMI Classics. Release this year will also be with Signum, Chandos and Bis.
On Sunday 30th June, the Panufnik Family and the Brodsky Quartet will co-host a fabulous festive day at London's King's Place, to celebrate Andrzej Panufnik's centenary year! Co-curated by pianist Clare Hammond and the Brodskys, a Warsaw Cabaret Evening with Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie Wood & the Brodsky Quartet will round off a day of concerts, talks and film screenings. Come and join us for the party! More details: www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on-book-tickets/curated-weeks/panufnik-100-a-family-celebration#.VFfCMUsTnnk....read the full story