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Sophie Lacaze : Associate Artist

Unsubdued but attentive to musical trends and schools, Sophie Lacaze has developed an original aesthetics that takes into account the current research on sound while looking to restore music's primary functions, ie ritual, incantation, dance, and its links with nature.

Random Audio Sample: En quête : mezzo-soprano voice with chamber ensemble by Sophie Lacaze, from the CD Souffles

Photo of Sophie Lacaze

Photo: Guy Bompais

Born in Lourdes (France) in 1963, Sophie Lacaze studied music at the Conservatoire de Toulouse, and continued at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where she received the Composition Prize. Afterwards, she studied with Allain Gaussin, Philippe Manoury and Antoine Tisne in France, and with Franco Donatoni and Ennio Morricone in Italy. She also engaged in music theatre with Georges Aperghis at the Centre Acanthes, and attended Pierre Boulez's courses in College de France.

Lacaze has been developing a partnership with music ensembles and soloists around the world for 20 years. Her compositions, which range from works for solo instruments to chamber and orchestral music, including two chamber operas and works with tape, are regularly performed in more than 20 countries

She was awarded the Grand Prix Lyceen des Compositeurs (2009) for les quatre elements, concerto for flute, children's choir and small percussion instruments, and in 2010, she received the Claude Arrieu Prize of the SACEM for her body of work. She is also laureate of the association Beaumarchais - SACD (2012).

In 2012, MEZZO TV broadcast a short film Sophie Lacaze - composer (Mezzo-Compo series, April), French magazine Traversieres published an article about her music for flute (n. 104, October 2012), Italian Foundation: Donne in Musica selected her work cinq voyelles pour quatre flutes for the concert during the presentation of the WIMUST project in the European Parliament in Brussels (June), and two CDs with music by Lacaze were published (Souffles - Editions de l'Astronome, France; Encounters/Rencontre - AF Adelaide, Australia).

Sophie's music is performed at leading festivals throughout France, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Ukrainia, USA, Canada, Chile, England, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden and Switzerland. Ensembles and artists include the Orchestre Philarmonique de RadioFrance (conductor Pierre-Andre Valade), Orchestre de Perpignan - Languedoc - Roussillon and the Camerata de France (conductor Daniel Tosi), Romanian Radio Orchestra (conductor Horia Andreescu), Mihail Jora Philarmonic Orchestra (conductor Ovidiu Balan), Nouvel Orchestre de Chambre de Rouen (conductor Joachim Leroux), Orchestre de Flutes Français (conductor Pierre-Alain Biget), Calliope Choir (conductor Regine Theodoresco), Appoggiature Vocal Ensemble (conductor Eliette Roche), musicians of the Orchestre National de Lyon, Arcadie Flute Quartet, Trio à Cordes de Paris, Benaim String Quartet, 3D Trio, Piano & Co, TM+, Triton II, Helios, Syntax, XASAX, and Aujourd'hui Musiques Ensembles (France), Canberra New Music Ensemble and Settembrini Trio (Australia), Amarone String Quartet (Germany), Hinemoa Flute Quartet (Belgium), Antara Flute Ensemble (Chili), Quartetto Image (Italy), Aperto Trio and Pro Contemporania Ensemble (Romania), Tetraflutes Ensemble (Switzerland), Pierre-Yves Artaud, Ivan Bellocq, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Jean-Claude Gerard, Baudoin Giaux, Daniel Isoir, Daniel Kientzy, Marie Kobayashi, Yumi Nara, Nathalie Negro, Kiyoko Okada, Nadia Ratsimandresy, Christel Rayneau, Gabriella Smart, Chiharu Tachibana, Francoise Vanhecke and Stephen Whittington.

Sophie Lacaze is regularly invited to give master classes or conferences (IUFM de Tarbes, CRR in Versailles, CRR in Rouen, CRR in Montpellier - France; Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Barossa Music Festival - Australia; Conservatoire Royal in Brussels, Conservatoire Royal in Liege - Belgium). She teaches composition and orchestration at the University of Montpellier, and is also artistic director of Turbulences Sonores Festival (France).

Sophie Lacaze — current to December 2013

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Estampes (quartets: 4 flutes) (2012) Commissioned by Tetraflûtes Ensemble.
Après avoir contemplé la lune : orchestra (2011) Commissionned by RadioFrance (Paris) for the Orchestre Philarmonique de RadioFrance
L'espace et la flûte : variations sur des textes de Jean Tardieu (2010) Commissioned by Musique Nouvelle en Liberté for the Grand Prix Lycéen des Compositeurs
Het lam gods II (flute with chamber ensemble) (2007) Commissionned by the Orchestre de Flutes Francais
Archèlogos II (bass flute with pre-recorded sound) (2007) Commissioned by the Festival Son MiRé.
Digital sheet music sample Archèlogos I : pour voix et support audio (2006) Commissioned by Françoise Vanhecke.