Katia Beaugeais is an award-winning French-Australian 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’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, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Beaugeais’s music is currently ABC Classic’s New Waves theme tune.
In July, ABC Classic are releasing Beaugeais’s Australian saxophone album titled Breath by Breath, which is named after her soprano saxophone circular breathing piece.
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 Australian Chamber Orchestra’s 2019 worldwide selected playlist celebrating “incredible female artists”. She has been featured on Radio France, BBC Radio 3, and recently represented Australia in Donne UK’s 100 Women Composers’ International Global Forum.
Other performance highlights of her music include: 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 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.