Roxanna Panufnik is an English composer and the daughter of composer Andrzej Panufnik. She studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her works span many genres and include opera, ballet, music theatre, choral, chamber, film and television music.
Panufnik’s music has been described as owing nothing to the current fads of music and admired for ‘interweaving her very direct emotionality with elegant harmonies’.
Her works are very popular across the globe, the most frequently performed pieces are Westminster Mass (1997), which was commissioned for the Westminster Cathedral Choir for the celebration of Cardinal Hume’s 75th birthday; her newest opera The Music Programme (1999) written for the Polish National Opera’s millenium season. The world premiere took place in Warsaw in 2000 and the UK premiere one month later. Her settings of Vikram Seth’s Beastly Tales (2001-2) for solo voices and orchestra, the first of which was commissioned for Patricia Rozario and the City of London Sinfonia by the BBC, are also performed regularly.