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Roxanna Panufnik (born 1968) 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.

Other recent compositions include her 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.

Panufnik's compositions have been recorded by many companies including Warner Classics and EMI Classics.

2008/9 sees no less than 18 premieres in nine different countries, including artists such as the Mobius Ensemble, Tasmin Little with the Orchestra of the Swan, The Sixteen, the Dante Quartet, and the choir of King's College Cambridge, plus an interfaith prelude with a Jerusalem premiere given by Valery Gergiev and the World Orchestra for Peace.

Selected works

  • Westminster Mass (1997), commissioned for Cardinal Basil Hume’s 75th birthday, performed in May 1998 at Westminster Cathedral
  • Powers & Dominions (2001), a concertino for harp and orchestra
  • Inkle and Yarico (1996), a reconstruction of an anti-slavery play of the 18th century
  • The Music Programme (1999), a chamber opera commissioned by Polish National Opera (based on a novel by Paul Micou)
  • Beastly Tales (2001/2), for soprano and orchestra
  • I Dream’d, one of nine choral pieces forming A Garland for Linda in memory of Linda McCartney
  • The Upside Down Sailor, a collaboration with Richard Stilgoe
  • Spirit Moves, a quintet for the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
  • Private Joe, a work for baritone Nigel Cliffe and the Schidlof String Quartet
  • Odi et Amo, a ballet for London Musici and the Rambert Dance Company
  • Olivia, a string quartet for the Maggini Quartet, with optional children's choir
  • Love Abide (2006), a piece for choir, mezzo-soprano, organ, harp and strings commissioned by the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia for its 25th anniversary
  • Wild Ways (2008), a piece for choir, and shakuhachi commissioned by the Nonsuch Singers and Kiku Day
  • So Strong Is His Love (2008) a piece for choir and quartet commissioned by the Waltham Singers for the 25th Anniversary of their conductor: Andrew Fardell.

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