Roxanna Panufnik studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and, since then, has written a wide range of pieces - opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, chamber compositions, and music for film and television - which have been performed all over the world.

Highlights of her works include 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.

Roxanna 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.

She is currently writing a new Four Seasons for violinist Tasmin Little and her fourth mass setting for the amassed youth choirs of Tallinn & Tallinn Philharmonic (commissioned to mark their tenure of Eurpoean Capital of Culture).

Roxanna's compositions are published by Peters Edition and have been recorded by many companies including Warner Classics and EMI Classics. She has recently been appointed inaugural Associate Composer with the London Mozart Players, 2012-15.

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Keith Saunders