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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 French-Australian composer and saxophonist living 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's music ranging from solo saxophone to full orchestra has been performed in America, Canada, Croatia, Slovakia, Austria, Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Beaugeais is featured soloist-composer on an ABC Classic radio podcast, where she is interviewed and performs new Australian saxophone works, including her latest soprano saxophone piece, Breath by Breath, which has been chosen for ABC Classic's 2020 New Waves theme tune and is currently featured on BBC Radio 3.

Recent CD releases of Beaugeais's music include: new ABC album "Women of Note" (2021), Re-emerging (2020) composed during lockdown for Amy Dickson's online saxophone recording project, Like Snowdrops You will Shine, commissioned for the Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective/ABC Classics Hush Hospital Foundation CD, and First Light at Uluru, recorded by world-renowned didgeridoo player, William Barton, and the Royal Australian Navy Band. Beaugeais's music was chosen for the Australian Chamber Orchestra's 2019 worldwide selected playlist celebrating "incredible female artists".

Other highlights include: performances of her music by Conductor Colonel Takahiro Higuchi and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force Central Band at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall, Professor Kyle Horch and the Royal College of Music Saxophone Orchestra in London, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, 2011/2013 Zagreb Biennale, Ensemble Zeitfluss (Austria), Elly Bašić Music School (Croatia), Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship players, Queensland Symphony Orchestra composer workshop, Sydney/Melbourne Conservatorium Wind Symphony, Adelaide Wind Orchestra, ANBOC Festival, Baylor University, Texas Woman's University Wind Symphony, NASA Sax Congress and guest soloist-composer at the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Melbourne's 100 Saxophones and Selmer Sax Showrooms in Paris, performing her own saxophone concerto for ABC Classics, invited on a new music panel by Professor William Street with the legendary Jean-Marie Londeix at the Strasbourg Conservatoire, and interviewed on Boulevard des Productions Strasbourg TV.
Beaugeais recently completed a PhD in Composition about the dual role of a composer-performer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Katia Beaugeais — current to April 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
Digital sheet music sample Latitude 33º South : for Bb clarinet and piano (2018) Commissioned for Sydney’s Cranbrook School 2018 Centenary Commissioning Project
Like Snowdrops You Will Shine : for string orchestra (2017) Commissioned by The Hush Foundation for a premiere performance by the Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective and recorded for the Hush 2018 CD
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