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Roxanna Panufnik

Born 24 April 1968.
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Composers' Rooms: No.10 Roxanna Panufnik

Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits composer Roxanna Panufnik and her creative space.

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Biography

Roxanna Panufnik (born 24 April 1968 in London, UK) is a British composer of Polish heritage. She is the daughter of the composer and conductor Sir Andrzej Panufnik.

Since studying composition at London's Royal Academy of Music, Panufnik has 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 performed 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. All three Tales are available on disc.

Panufnik 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.

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