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    Andrzej Panufnik i Roxana Panufnik

    Andrzej Panufnik was born in Warsaw in 1914. After completing his theory and composition studies at the Warsaw Conservatory (1932-36), he continued music education with Felix Weingartner (conducting, 1937-38) at the Vienna Academy of Music; he subsequently studied in Paris and London (1938-39). He spent the wartime years in Warsaw, appearing as pianist at legal charities as well as illegally organized concerts. He formed a piano duo with his friend, composer Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994); together they performed a number of two-piano arrangements of works from standard repertoire. After the war (in 1945-46) Panufnik served as the conductor of the Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra and (in 1946-47) director of the Warsaw Philharmonic. Widely regarded as the most important Polish conductor/composer of the time, Panufnik was invited as a guest-conductor to Germany (Berliner Philharmoniker), France, and England (London Philharmonic Orchestra).
    In 1950 he was appointed vice-president of the UNESCO International Music Council. In 1953 he was head of the official Polish cultural delegation to China, where he was personally received by President Mao.
    Panufnik’s early scores were burnt during the Warsaw Uprising. In the post-war years he won many awards at domestic and foreign competitions for composers: First prize at the Szymanowski Competition in 1947 (for Nocturne), First prize at the Chopin Competition in 1949 (for Sinfonia Rustica), First prize at the Helsinki Olympic Games-related competition in 1952 (Heroic Overture). In 1949 he received highest state distinction of the Polish People’s Republic – Order of the Banner of Labour of the First Class, in 1951 and 1952 was winner of State Prize. As he could not come to terms with communist-imposed constraints on creative liberties, he decided to remain in London where he traveled on official business in 1953; he continued his conducting career as head of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In 1959 he withdrew from this position to commit himself entirely to composing. Among the various honors that he received, he twice won the Prix de Composition Musicale de Monaco, in 1963 (Sinfonia sacra) and in 1983 (for all his artistic work). Panufnik received the Sibelius Medal of the Century in London in 1965 and in 1984 was granted Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1987 he received Honorary Membership in the Polish Composers’ Union (from which he was exluded in 1954 after his departure for England).
    His pieces were not performed in Poland till 1976 and his name was blacklisted – it could not appear in dictionaries, press reviews, books or any other publications. In 1987 Panufnik published an autobiography (pub. Methuen) entitled Composing Myself. In 1990 he was granted a prize of the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs for his contributions to Polish culture. In the same year after a 36-year-absence, he visited Poland at the invitation of the „Warsaw Autumn” Festival as its honorary guest. The program included 11 of his pieces, three of them performed under his baton (Symphony No.10, Harmony, and Violin Concerto). In 1990 he was honoured by the British with a knighthood. Panufnik died at Twickenham on 27 October 1991. His wife, Lady Camilla Panufnik, is a renowned photographer, his daughter Roxanna Panufnik and son are composers.

    Lady Camilla Panufnik

    English photographer, author of several books, including guides for parents and photography albums, widow of Andrzej Panufnik. Worked for many charities. For many years, is committed to the promotion of Polish music in the world. Camilla Jessel was the daughter of a retired British naval commander. In her youth she lived with her father in India, traveling through Africa and the United States, studied in Paris at the Sorbonne. In 1963 she married Andrzej Panufnik.
    February 8, 2014 in Warsaw during the festival Chain Lady Camilla Panufnik XI received the Medal of the Year of Lutosławski’s outstanding contribution to the dissemination of knowledge about music and the composer.

    Roxanna Panufnik

    Roxanna Panufnik (born in1968 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, 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.

    Panufnik has a particular interest in world music; a recent culmination of this was Abraham, a violin concerto incorporating Christian, Islamic and Jewish music. This was then converted into an overture, premiered in Jerusalem under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Recently premiered was her oratorio Dance of Life, incorporating her
    fourth mass setting, for multiple Tallinn choirs and the Tallinn Philharmonic Orchestra. She has just completed Four World Seasons for violinist Tasmin Little which was premiered with the London Mozart Players and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 in 2012, as part of BBC Radio 3’s Music Nation, celebrating the 2012 Olympics.The Bristol-based Exultate Singers, under their founder-conductor David Ogden, premiered Roxanna Panufnik’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.Panufnik is inaugural Associate Composer with the London Mozart Players, 2012-2015.Panufnik is also a Vice President of the Joyful Company of Singers.

    Andrzej Panufnik – kompozytor i dyrygent, urodzony 24 września roku 1914 w Warszawie, zmarł 27 października 1991 roku w Twickenham.

    Jeden z największych kompozytorów XX wieku. W latach 1932-36 studiował teorię muzyki i kompozycję (dyplom z odznaczeniem) u Kazimierza Sikorskiego w Konserwatorium Warszawskim. W latach 1937-38 odbył studia dyrygenckie pod kierunkiem Feliksa Weingartnera w Wiedniu, które kontynuował – od 1938 do 1939 – w Paryżu u Philippe’a Gauberta. Wojnę i okupację spędził w Warszawie, gdzie brał udział w legalnych i nielegalnych koncertach w charakterze pianisty (również w duecie fortepianowym z Witoldem Lutosławskim). Po wojnie, w latach 1945-46, był dyrygentem Orkiestry Filharmonii Krakowskiej, zaś w latach 1946-47 objął funkcję dyrektora Filharmonii Warszawskiej. Dyrygował gościnnie w Niemczech (z Berliner Philharmoniker), Francji (z paryską l’Orchestre National) i Anglii (z London Philharmonic Orchestra). W 1950 został wybrany wiceprzewodniczącym Międzynarodowej Rady Muzycznej UNESCO. W okresie powojennym zdobył wiele nagród na konkursach kompozytorskich w Polsce . W 1949 otrzymał najważniejsze odznaczenie państwowe PRL – Sztandar Pracy I klasy, zaś w 1951 i 1952 został laureatem Nagrody Państwowej II stopnia.

    Nie mogąc pogodzić się z narzuconymi przez komunistów ograniczeniami swobód twórczych, Andrzej Panufnik w 1954 opuścił Polskę. Wówczas władze PRL wydały zakaz cenzuralny wykonywania i wydawania utworów Panufnika, a także wymieniania jego nazwiska we wszelkich publikacjach, audycjach radiowych i telewizyjnych. Kompozytor osiadł na stałe w Anglii, gdzie kontynuował karierę dyrygencką (m.in. w latach 1957-59 piastował stanowisko dyrektora muzycznego i dyrygenta City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), by później całkowicie poświęcić się pracy twórczej. Dwukrotnie został nagrodzony Prix de Composition Musicale Prince Pierre de Monaco: w 1963 – za „Sinfonia sacra” na orkiestrę (1963) i w 1983 – za całokształt twórczości. W 1965 otrzymał w Londynie Sibelius Centenary Medal for Composition (Medal za kompozycję z okazji setnej rocznicy urodzin Jana Sibeliusa). W 1966 w Stanach Zjednoczonych został wybrany Rycerzem Stowarzyszenia im. Marka Twaina.

    W 1977 Zarząd Główny Związku Kompozytorów Polskich dokonał w wydziale kultury KC PZPR zwolnienia cenzuralnego zakazu dotyczącego Panufnika i jego muzyki.

    W 1984 został członkiem honorowym Royal Academy of Music w Londynie, zaś w 1987 – członkiem honorowym Związku Kompozytorów Polskich (z którego usunięto go w 1954). W 1990 otrzymał Nagrodę Ministra Spraw Zagranicznych Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej za zasługi dla kultury polskiej. Tego samego roku, po 36 latach nieobecności w kraju, odwiedził Polskę na zaproszenie Festiwalu „Warszawska Jesień”, podczas którego wykonano jedenaście jego utworów, w tym trzy – „Symfonia nr 10” na orkiestrę (1988), „Harmony, a poem for chamber orchestra” (1989) oraz „Koncert skrzypcowy” (1971) – pod jego batutą.

    W 1991 królowa brytyjska Elżbieta II nadała Andrzejowi Panufnikowi tytuł szlachecki (Sir). W tym samym roku otrzymał doktorat honoris causa Akademii Muzycznej w Warszawie.

    Andrzej Panufnik został pośmiertnie odznaczony Orderem Polonia Restituta.