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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: La vita è bella? : for flute and cello by Sophie Lacaze, from the CD Sophie Lacaze.

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.

In 2002, she was invited for a residency at the Electronic Music Unit of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide (Australia).

Unsubdued but attentive to musical trends and schools, Sophie Lacaze has developed an original aesthetics that seeks to give back to music its first vocations, such as ritual, incantation, dance, and its links with nature, and in which the sound is essential.

Her compositions, which range from works for solo instruments to chamber and orchestral music, with also two operas and electroacoustic works, are regularly performed in numerous festivals and prestigious venues all over the world, by leading ensembles and orchestras including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (France), the BBC Symphony Orchestra (UK), I Solisti Veneti (Italy), the Romanian National Radio Orchestra (Romania), and many others.

In France, she was the 1st woman composer to receive the prestigious Grand Prix Lyceen des Compositeurs (2009) and the Claude Arrieu Prize of the SACEM (2010). She is also laureate of the association Beaumarchais - SACD (2012).

Sophie Lacaze is regularly invited to give master-classes and lectures about her work (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Barossa Music Festival - Australia; CNSM in Paris and Lyon, CRR in Versailles, Nancy, Rouen, Montpellier - France; Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Liege and Mons - Belgium). She teaches composition and music history at the University of Montpellier, France.

She has been artistic director of Musiques Démesurées Festival in Clermont-Ferrand (France) for several years, and in 2003, she founded the French association of women composers, Plurielles 34.

Sophie Lacaze — current to August 2022

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Sighs of Stars : Soupirs d'étoiles (2022) Co-commissionned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra (UK) and the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (France)
And Earth moves away (quartets: 4 flutes) (2018) Commissioned by Orchestre de Flûtes Français
Maye : for vibraphone and gong (2014) Commissioned by Turbulences Sonores Festival
O Sapientia (vocal quartet) (2013) Mora Vocis - voix solistes au féminin
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