Katia Beaugeais is an award-winning French-Australian saxophonist and composer based in Sydney. She is a Vandoren Paris and Selmer Sax Artist. Since winning the prestigious 2010 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, Australia and New Zealand.
This year, Beaugeais is featured soloist-composer on an ABC Classics radio podcast, where she is interviewed and performs her latest soprano saxophone piece, Breath by Breath, and new Australian saxophone works composed specially for her.
Recent CD releases of her music include Like Snowdrops You will Shine for string ensemble, commissioned for the Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective/ABC Classics CD, and First Light at Uluru, recorded by world-renowned didgeridoo player, William Barton, and the Royal Australian Navy Band, which continues to be performed all around the world. Beaugeais’s music was chosen for ACO’s 2019 worldwide selected playlist celebrating “incredible female artists” and shortlisted for ABC’s Classic 100 Vote.
Other highlights include: performances of her music by 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, NASA Sax Alliance, Texas Woman’s University Wind Symphony, 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 teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she is completing a PhD in Composition with an extensive research focus analysing the dual role of a composer-performer.