2010 ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award – Katia Beaugeais

Katia Beaugeais is the winner of the 2010 ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award for her solo saxophone composition Soundbox.

Now in its ninth year, the International Society for Contemporary Music presents the special award for young composers. The award was inaugurated in 2002 and is presented each year to a selected composer under 35 whose work is featured in the annual ISCM World New Music Days Festival which took place 30 April to 9 May in Sydney. The 2010 award consists of a special commission of € 2000 to write a new work to be premiered at an international event in 2011. The winner of the ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award 2010 is Katia Beaugeais (Australia) for the work Sound Box (2008) for soprano saxophone. The announcement and prize presentation took place during a concert of the 2010 World New Music Days on Saturday 8 May 2010 at the Campbelltown Arts Centre, Australia.
The judges commented: “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”. The Award was judged by a distinguished panel of international delegates appointed by the ISCM. The panel consisted of musicologist Andreas Engström (Sweden), and composers Stephen Lias (USA), Emilio Mendoza (Venezuela), Young-Eun Paik (Korea), and Peter Swinnen (Belgium). This year’s festival included 43 eligible works, and the judges were present at each of the performances. They also had access to scores and recordings of the works for further study. The Prize is a commission from the University of Sydney and Professor Kim Walker, Dean and Principal, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, under the Vice-Regal patronage of the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The new work will be promoted through the ISCM network, and through IAMIC – the International Association of Music Information Centres.

Katia Beaugeais is a French-Australian composer and saxophonist based in Sydney.
Katia has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and in a number of solo recitals and recordings featuring her own works for ABC Classic FM, 2MBS-FM, 11th and 12th Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music and the Melbourne International Festival of Single Reeds.
Composition highlights include: winning the Fellowship of Australian Composers Encouragement Award in the 2006 WSOC-2MBS FM Young Composers Award for her orchestral work, Aurora Australis, which she transformed into a saxophone concerto and played with the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic and North Sydney Symphony Orchestra; the premieres of Atlantis (2006) and The Last Flight of Saint-Ex (2008) by the Sydney Symphony Fellows; performing Sound Box (2008) for solo soprano saxophone at the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days festival, and with this work, winning the ISCM/IAMIC Young Composer Award.
Katia teaches composition and chamber music ensembles at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and saxophone at MLC School. She has recently completed a Master of Music degree in composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. See also: www.newmusicblock.com/

A program note can be found on https://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/workversion/beaugeais-katia-sound-box/24145

Documentation about the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days can be found at:www.australianmusiccentre.com.au

www.abc.net.au/classic/iscm2010/ is ABC Classic FM gateway to the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days where you’ll find recordings of music from the festival plus photos, video and the 24-hour festival station till 30 May.

WSCXVI KATIA BEAUGEAIS Sound Box by Katia Beaugeais