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Katia Beaugeais : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Breath by Breath : saxophone solo by Katia Beaugeais, from the CD Breath by Breath

Photo of Katia Beaugeais

Photo: Bridget Elliot

Katia Beaugeais is an Australian-French composer and saxophonist based in Sydney. She is an ABC Classic, Vandoren Paris and Selmer Sax Artist.

Since winning the prestigious International Society for Contemporary Music Young Composer Award, her music has been performed throughout Europe, UK, America, Canada, Asia, Peru and Australasia, and featured on Boulevard des Productions French TV, ABC Radio National The Music Show, BBC Radio 3, Australian Chamber Orchestra's 2019 worldwide playlist celebrating "incredible female artists", Donne UK's 2021 Women Composers' International Global Forum, and by the legendary Jean-Marie Londeix at the Strasbourg Conservatoire.

Both her solo saxophone and string orchestra music are currently the main theme music for ABC New Waves and ABC Classic Breakfast radio.

Recent ABC Classic releases include Women of Note Vol. 3, 4 and 5, Best of Australian Classical Music, and Beaugeais' debut ABC saxophone album, Breath by Breath, named after her own circular breathing soprano sax piece, where she also performs new Australian music composed specially for her.

Beaugeais' music has been performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton, Royal Australian Navy Band, Colonel Higuchi and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Central Band, Grammy-nominated Sony Sax artist Amy Dickson, Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship players, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Zagreb Biennale, Texas Woman's University Wind Symphony, Prof. Kyle Horch and London's Royal College of Music Saxophone Orchestra, Scotland, France and Croatia World Sax Congresses, NASA Sax Congress, and by Beaugeais herself in her own 40 min. saxophone concerto recorded by ABC Classic.

Beaugeais recently graduated with a PhD in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on the dual role of a composer-performer and new saxophone music by Australian composers. Her research is featured in Vandoren Paris, LA-based Voyage KC and Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain magazine.

Katia Beaugeais — current to May 2023

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Re-emerging : for soprano saxophone (2020) Commissioned by Amy Dickson for her “Solo Sessions” online saxophone recording project during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Digital sheet music sample The Last Flight of Saint-Ex : for Saxophone Orchestra (2018) Commissioned for a premiere performance at the 2018 Zagreb World Sax Congress by the Australasian Sax Orchestra
Like Snowdrops You Will Shine : for string orchestra (2018) Commissioned by The Hush Foundation for a premiere performance by the Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective and recorded for the Hush 2018 CD
Digital sheet music sample Latitude 33º South : for Bb clarinet and piano (2018) Commissioned for Sydney’s Cranbrook School 2018 Centenary Commissioning Project
First light at Uluru : for wind symphony (2016) Commissioned by Dr John Lynch & the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Matt Klohs.
Digital sheet music sample First light at Uluru : for saxophone orchestra (2015) Commissioned by Diana Tolmie, Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra.

Analysis & Media

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