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Katia Beaugeais

Katia Beaugeais is an award-winning Australian saxophonist and composer living in Sydney. With an innovative and unique repertoire ranging from solo saxophone to full orchestra, Beaugeais's music has been performed in America, Croatia, Slovakia, Austria, Scotland, Ireland, France, England, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand, 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.
In 2014, Beaugeais composed a 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, and it was broadcast on ABC Classic FM radio.
Beaugeais has performed solo recitals featuring her own compositions at the Selmer Saxophone Showrooms in Paris and the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland. She has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as a casual player and in numerous solo recitals featuring her own compositions at international new music festivals, and on ABC Classic FM & 2MBS-FM radio.
In 2010, Beaugeais won the prestigious 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 was from USA, Sweden, Korea, Venezuela and Belgium.
Beaugeais 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 she was 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. Beaugeais’s music was also featured at the 2013 Zagreb Biennale. Other composition highlights include: winning the 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 arranged for 13 saxophones for a performance by the Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra; By the Water for voice and nature sounds premiered by Halcyon at the 2012 Cabarita Park Twilight Festival (now the featured music for an audio walking tour); and Beaugeais's Song Cycle Afternoon at the Orangerie for soprano voice, viola and piano, premiered by the Grevillea Ensemble and Yvette Goodchild from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Beaugeais teaches composition and chamber ensembles at the Sydney Conservatorium. She is currently doing a Doctorate in Composition about the dual role of a composer-performer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
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