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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 on the dual role of a composer-performer.
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