28 April 2011

Con alumna and award winning composer and performer, Katia Beaugeais has added to her growing list of international credits with two performances in Zagreb, Croatia this month.

Katia, a French-Australian composer and saxophonist based in Sydney, last year won the prestigious International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) Young Composer Award from 43 entries for her work 'Sound Box', which she performed on soprano saxophone at the ISCM Festival in Sydney.

Earlier this month, she was invited to give a solo saxophone recital for the Australian Ambassador to Croatia and international guests in a special reception in Zagreb. That performance included a new work titled 'Sounds from Bondi', specially composed for the occasion.

And just last weekend, Katia had the honour of unveiling the world premiere of her new work, 'Manifesto pour la Paix' (Manifesto for Peace) for strings, woodwind, piano & alto saxophone, to the 2011 ISCM World New Music Days Festival.

Dedicated to the victims of the Iraq war, the work was performed at the closing ceremony by Ensemble Zeitfluss from Graz, Austria.

Speaking prior to her journey, Katia said: "My alto sax piece involves improvising over a number of multi-phonic, quarter-tone trill effects. I will only know once I hear my piece in rehearsal whether the special effects I have chosen for the saxophone work well against the strings, woodwind and piano lines."

It was for just this type of bold approach to composition that Katia rewarded by the distinguished panel of international experts at the ISCN / IAMIC awards in 2010.

Commenting about 'Sound Box', the judges said, "This 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 future works".

Katia recently completed a Master of Music degree in composition at The Con. Her Croatian credits add to a growing repertoire of performance and composition highlights, including appearances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Dean and Principal of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Professor Kim Walker said, "It is a wonderful tribute to Katia's talents to be selected for the ISCM festival, invited to perform overseas and to have the thrill of hearing her new work performed by a European ensemble.

"Katia is a head-turning composer and performer. This acknowledgement from the profession assures that her reputation continues to grow this year."

Internationally renowned performer and saxophone lecturer at The Con, Dr Michael Duke said, "Katia's dedication and vision have established her as one of Australia's shining new music composers. We are extremely proud of this recent achievement and excited about her future."

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