Conservatorium PhD student Katia Beaugeais was recently invited as guest performer and composer at 100SAX: an exclusive two-day saxophone event in July celebrating new music with 100 saxophonists. In partnership with Selmer Paris Saxophones, Melbourne University and Ozwinds, Melbourne Saxophone’s artistic director Joseph Lallo and general manager Jade Norfolk brought together over 100 saxophonists, ranging from high school, university to professional level, to perform new contemporary saxophone repertoire at the Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Katia performed as soloist with 100 saxophones for the Australian premiere of What If?, a saxophone concerto by Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music, Mark Phillips, of Ohio University.
Katia’s saxophone orchestra music and duo music was also featured at the Saxophone Showcase and 100SAX concerts, including First Light at Uluru by Melbourne Saxophone and Katia performed her own work Verti-GO! with Netherlands saxophonist, Yo Yo Su. She also played Professor Anne Boyd’s, Beside Bamboos, which was originally composed for erhu in 1981. Katia transformed this work for alto saxophone as part of her PhD research analysing the creative process involved in adapting unique and contrasting instrumental works for the saxophone.
Katia conducted masterclasses and was on a teacher PD panel to discuss the educational value of saxophone extended techniques and new contemporary repertoire from a performer and composer’s perspective. In a series of public workshops, she composed a saxophone orchestra piece on the spot featuring atmospheric extended techniques to a diverse audience of educators.
In September, Katia will be heading to the Royal Northern College of Music in England to work with the composition and saxophone students. She will present her PhD research on creative collaborative activity and perform new saxophone pieces by Australian composers, including Dr Bruce Crossman’s Dying of the Light: Pacific Resonance for Peter for soprano saxophone and Chinese cymbal, which is dedicated to Peter Sculthorpe.
Katia is a Vandoren Paris and Selmer Sax Artist. She is doing a PhD in Composition with an extensive research focus about the dual role of a composer-performer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, under the guidance of Professor Anna Reid and Professor Matthew Hindson.
Sydney Conservatorium of Music performance of Katia’s First Light at Uluru: