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Katia Beaugeais : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: The last flight of Saint-Ex : saxophone quartet by Katia Beaugeais, from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

Photo of Katia Beaugeais

Katia Beaugeais is an award-winning Australian composer and saxophonist based in Sydney. With an innovative and unique repertoire ranging from solo saxophone to full orchestra, her music has been performed and broadcast throughout Europe, United Kingdom, America, Canada, Asia, Peru, Australia and New Zealand.

Beaugeais's First Light at Uluru for saxophone orchestra received its world premiere performance at the XVII World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. It was also performed at the Selmer Saxophone Showrooms in Paris, and in a joint concert with the Royal Northern College of Music Saxophone Orchestra in England. At the congress, Beaugeais also gave a lecture on her research about gesture in reference to her new saxophone concerto, Terra Obscura at Cité de la Musique et de la Danse, Strasbourg Conservatoire. She was invited to join a panel of esteemed composers and performers, including the legendary Jean-Marie Londeix, to discuss the future of new saxophone music. The Australian premiere of First Light at Uluru was performed by the Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra on 14 October 2015, as part of the 2015 Con Centenary lunchbreak concerts, at the Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Last year in September, Beaugeais premiered her new saxophone concerto, Terra Obscura for solo saxophone and chamber orchestra, as part of the Sydney Conservatorium Centenary Commissioning Project. She performed it herself on soprano and alto saxophone with the Sydney Conservatorium Modern Music Ensemble. It was broadcast on ABC Classic FM on the 4th of October 2014.

Beaugeais is a Selmer Saxophone Artist. She has performed solo recitals featuring her own compositions at the Selmer Saxophone Showrooms in Paris, World Saxophone Congress in Scotland, and her music has been featured at the 2011 and 2013 Zagreb Biennale events in Croatia. She has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as a casual player and in a number of solo recitals featuring her own compositions at international new music festivals, and on ABC Classic FM & 2MBS-FM.

In 2010 Beaugeais won the prestigious 2010 ISCM/IAMIC International Society for Contemporary Music Young Composer Award for her soprano saxophone piece, Sound Box, which she performed in a live broadcast on ABC Classic FM during the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days festival. As one of 80 works selected from more than 700 from 52 countries, her composition was voted best piece out of the 43 selected entries from artists aged under 35. The international judging panel from USA, Sweden, Korea, Venezuela and Belgium commented:

"Sound Box 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."

She was guest composer at the 2011 ISCM World New Music Days festival in Zagreb, Croatia, for the world premiere of Manifesto pour la Paix for winds, strings, piano and saxophone by Ensemble Zeitfluss, and was also invited to perform at a special reception for the Australian Embassy in Zagreb, where she premiered Sounds from Bondi for soprano saxophone, which she specially composed for this occasion.

Other composition highlights include: winning the 2007 2MBS FM Fellowship of Australian Composer's Encouragement Award for Aurora Australis, her first orchestral piece which she later transformed into a saxophone concerto; two chamber works premiered by the Sydney Symphony Fellowship players; Drifting Memories for saxophone quartet, and especially arranged for 13 saxophones for a performance by the Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra; By the Water for voice and nature sounds (now the featured music for an audio walking tour) premiered by Halcyon at the 2012 Cabarita Park Twilight Festival and hosted by the Mayor Angelo Tsirekas of City of Canada Bay Council; and Beaugeais's 22 min. Song Cycle Afternoon at the Orangerie for soprano voice, viola & piano premiered by the Grevillea Ensemble with Guest artist (Yvette Goodchild).

Beaugeais is currently doing a PhD in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award and the prestigious Sydney University Alumni scholarship to support her research on the dual role of a composer-performer. Beaugeais teaches composition and chamber ensembles at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Katia Beaugeais — current to October 2015

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Terra obscura : for solo saxophone and chamber orchestra (2014) Commissioned as part of the 2010 ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award, in partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Centenary Commissioning Project

Analysis & Media

- Video: Terra Obscura: concerto for saxophone, by Katia Beaugeais