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12 May 2010

ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award to Katia Beaugeais

Katia Beaugeais Image: Katia Beaugeais  

Katia Beaugeais has won the 2010 ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award for her work Sound Box (2008) for soprano saxophone. The announcement and prize presentation took place during a concert of the 2010 World New Music Days last Saturday at the Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney.

The ISCM World New Music Days festival was held in Sydney from 30 April - 9 May - this is the first time in its 88-year history that the prestigious contemporary music festival has taken place in the Southern Hemisphere. In putting together the program for the festival, more than 700 works from 52 countries were assessed, and over 80 works were selected, covering everything from works for traditional chamber groups and choirs to cutting-edge multimedia and sound installations.

According to the judges, Beaugeais's work 'demonstrates an imaginative and idiomatic use of the soprano saxophone. The musical landscape of the piece transcends the limitations of the instrument, and her technical expertise bodes well for future works'. The Award was judged by a panel of international delegates appointed by the ISCM: musicologist Andreas Engstrom (Sweden), and composers Stephen Lias (USA), Emilios Mendoza (Venezuela), Young-Eun Paik (Korea), and Peter Swinnen (Belgium). This year's festival included 43 works eligible for the Award, and the judges were present at each of the performances. They also had access to scores and recording of the works for further study.

ISCM's special award for young composers under 35 years of age has been presented each year since 2002 to a composer whose work is featured in the annual ISCM World Music Days Festival. The 2010 prize consists of a special commission of EUR2000 to write a new work to be premiered at an international event in 2011 - a commission from the University of Sydney and Professor Kim Walker, Dean and Principal, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, under the Vice-Regal patronage of the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The new work will be promoted through the ISCM network, and through IAMIC - the International Association of Music Information Centres.

Further links

Katia Beaugeais - AMC
2010 ISCM World New Music Days 2010 - photo gallery (AMC)
Thoughts on the ISCM 2010 World New Music Days in Sydney - a blog article by John Davis on Resonate
ISCM World New Music Days - program announced (a news article on Resonate)
2010 ISCM World New Music Days (www.worldnewmusicdays.com.au)
ABC Classic FM - dedicated festival website (www.abc.net.au/classic/iscm2010/)
International Society for Contemporary Music ISCM (www.iscm.org)
International Association of Music Information Centres (www.iamic.net)

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The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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