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Katia Beaugeais : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Like Snowdrops You Will Shine : for string orchestra by Katia Beaugeais, from the CD Collective Wisdom

Photo of Katia Beaugeais

Photo: Bridget Elliot

Katia Beaugeais is an award-winning Australian-French composer and saxophonist based in Sydney. She is a Vandoren Paris and Selmer Sax Artist. Since winning the prestigious 2010 ISCM/IAMIC International Society for Contemporary Music Young Composer Award, Beaugeais' music ranging from solo saxophone to full orchestra has been performed in America, Canada, Croatia, Slovakia, Austria, Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Beaugeais represented Australia in Donne UK's 2021 Women Composers' International Global Forum and her music was selected for ABC's 2021 "Best of Australian Classical Music" and "Women of Note" album, and ACO's 2019 worldwide playlist celebrating "incredible female artists".

In July, Beaugeais' latest album, Breath by Breath, was released on the exclusive ABC Classic record label. Named after her circular breathing soprano saxophone piece, "Breath by Breath" is also ABC's New Waves theme tune and she was guest composer on ABC Radio National and UK's BBC Radio 3. Beaugeais is currently featured in Vandoren Paris and Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain magazines.

Beaugeais' music has been performed by: Grammy-nominated Sony artist Amy Dickson; didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton and the Royal Australian Navy Band; Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective; Conductor Colonel Takahiro Higuchi and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force Central Band at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall; London's Royal College of Music Saxophone Orchestra; Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music; Zagreb Biennale; Ensemble Zeitfluss (Austria); Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship players; Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Texas Woman's University Wind Symphony; NASA Sax Congress; Scotland, Strasbourg and Croatia World Sax Congress; Selmer Paris Sax Showrooms; Sydney/Melbourne/Adelaide Wind Symphony; and Beaugeais performed her own 40 min. saxophone concerto for ABC Classic, was invited on a new music panel with the legendary Jean-Marie Londeix at the Strasbourg Conservatoire and interviewed on Boulevard des Productions French TV.

Beaugeais was recently awarded a PhD (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with an extensive research focus analysing the dual role of a composer-performer.

Katia Beaugeais — current to November 2021

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