18 June 2010

Katia Beaugeais
has joined a select group of commissioned composers whose work willhelp celebrate the centenary of one of the nation's most prestigious institutions - The Con.

The saxophonist, who recently completed a Master of Music degree in composition at the Conservatorium, loomed large on the international stage by claiming the Young Composer Award during the ISCM World New Music Days festival in May.

Her work Sound Box was judged best of 43 entries from artists around the globe aged under 35 years, with the selection panel made up of esteemed overseas musicologists commenting: "the work demonstrates an imaginative and idiomatic use of the soprano saxophone. The musical landscape of the piece transcends the limitations of the instrument, and her technical expertise bodes well for her future works."

It was the first time the World Music Days event, the largest of its type on the international calendar, has been held in the southern hemisphere.

Katia, who lives in Sydney's inner West, received a grant to write a new work that will become one of the 101 compositions commissioned from across Australia and around the world as part of a special project to mark The Con's 100th anniversary in 2015.

The new work will be featured in the program of an international event next year as well as promoted world-wide by the ISCM network and the International Association of Music Information Centres.

"We are very excited by Katia's triumph and are so pleased that she can be included in the endeavour to bring together 101 new works that will help shape music for the next 100 years," commented Dean and Principal of The Con, Professor Kim Walker.

"To be honoured at the World New Music Days festival, in competition with so many talented composers, was a massive achievement."

Katia, who started playing the piano aged six and the saxophone at 13, has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and in a range of solo recitals at woodwind festivals, as well as recording a number of her works for ABC Classic FM and 2MBS-FM.

Born in Sydney, she won the 2006 Fellowship of Australian Composers Encouragement Award for her orchestral work, Aurora Australis.

"Knowing that my commissioned work will be one of the final 101 compositions for the centenary celebrations is just amazing," said Katia. "It's a daunting mission but one that I'm looking forward to as a challenge that will bring out the best."

Katia teaches composition and chamber music at The Con and saxophone at MLC School.

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