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Composer Sophie Lacaze was born in Lourdes (France) in 1963. After her musical studies at the Conservatoire National de Region de Toulouse, she went on to further studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where she received the Composition Prize. Afterwards, she studied with Allain Gaussin, Antoine Tisne and Philippe Manoury in France, and with Franco Donatoni and Ennio Morricone at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena (Italy). She also engaged in music theatre with Georges Aperghis at the Centre Acanthes and attended Pierre Boulez's courses in College de France. In 2002, she was invited for a residency at the Electronic Music Unit of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide (Australia).

After having travelled in several countries, especially in Australia, she came back in France in 2006. Her compositions, which range from works for solo instruments to chamber and orchestral music, with also two operas and works with tape, are regularly performed in more than 20 countries.

Sophie Lacaze was awarded the Grand Prix Lyceen des Compositeurs (2009) for "les quatre elements", concerto for flute, children choir and percussion instruments, and in 2010 she received the Claude Arrieu Prize of the SACEM for her body of work. In 2012, she is laureate of the association Beaumarchais - SACD.


Her music is performed in leading festivals and venues in
France
(for example RadioFrance & Montpellier Festival, les Chantiers de la Creation Musicale de l'Orchestre National de Lyon, 38e Rugissants, "Aujourd'hui Musiques" Festival in Perpignan, Convention Internationale de la Flute in Levallois-Perret, Electr()cution in Brest, Festival de danse et des arts multiples in Marseille, Klang! Festival in Montpellier, MIA Festival in Annecy, Journées nationales de l'électroacoustique, Musicora, Musique et Architecture in Angers, Musique Française en Provence, Piano in Mayenne, Printemps Musical d'Annecy, Rencontres Musicales ProQuartet in Fontainebleau, Rencontres Contemporaines de Saint Privat d'Allier, Rencontres Internationales de Composition Musicale de Cergy-Pontoise, World Saxophone Congress and Festival SaxOpen in Strasbourg, Semaine Internationale de Musique Electroacoustique in Lille, Sons d'Automne in Annecy, les Vendredis baroques de Dardilly, and many others),
Australia
(Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australian Flute Festival, Barossa Music Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival),
Austria (Styriarte LunchKonzerte),
Belgium
(Happy New Ears Festival in Kortrijk, 2de Belgisch Fluitfestival in Brussels, Philharmonique in Namur, Les printemps de Saint Laurent),
Brazil (Musica Nova Festival),
China (Oriental Art Center, Shanghai),
Japan (Festival de Musique Francaise in Tokyo, Hamamatsu International Wind Instruments Academy and Festival),
Lithuania (Contemporary Music Festival "Is Arti"),
Poland
(Festival de musique franco-polonaise de Cracovie, "Laboratorium Muzyki Wspólczesnej" International Festival and "Ogrody Muzyczne" Festival in Varsovie),
Romania
(New Music International Week in Bucharest, Contemporary Music Festival in Bacau, Iasi Philharmonie),
Serbia (Alternative film & video festival in Belgrade),
South Africa (New Music Indaba Festival, Bloemfontein),
Spain
(LOOP Video Art Festival in Barcelone),
Switzerland (Schubertiade de Sion, les Aubes Musicales de Geneve, Schubertiade Espace 2 in Monthey, La Cote Flute Festival in Gland),
Ukraine (Festival 2D2N),
USA (American Flute convention, New Orleans; Barnes/Stokowski Festival - Philadelphia; Arts Now Series, Raleigh; Collective:Unconscious, New York; Spark Festival, Minneapolis; CSUF New Music Festival, Fresno),
and also in Armenia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom.

by distinguished orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de RadioFrance (conductor Pierre-Andre Valade), I Solisti Veneti (conductor Claudio Scimone), Orchestre de Perpignan - Mediterranee and the Camerata de France (conductor Daniel Tosi), "Mihail Jora" Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Ovidiu Balan), Roumanian National Radio Orchestra (conductor Horia Andreescu), Orquesta de Cámara PUCV (dir. Pablo Alvadaro Gutiérrez), Nouvel Orchestre de Chambre de Rouen (conductor Joachim Leroux), Orchestre de Flutes Francais (conductors Pierre-Alain Biget, Paul Mefano, Carmen Carneci), Paris Mozart Orchestra (conductor Claire Gibault), Les Petites Mains Symphoniques (conductor Eric du Fay),

choirs and vocal ensembles: Calliope Choir (conductor Regine Theodoresco), Mora Vocis ensemble (artistic director Els Janssens Vanmunster), Appoggiature vocal ensemble (conductor Eliette Roche), the Madrigal de Lille (conductor Madeleine Saur), Egeria Ensemble,

ensembles: Arcadie Flute Quartet, Trio a Cordes de Paris, Trio 3D, Aujourd'hui Musiques, Durufle, Helios, Piano&Co, Pleiade, TM+ and XASAX Ensembles (France), Tetraflutes Ensemble (Switzerland), Hinemoa Flute Ensemble and Eliseos Flute Quartet (Belgium), Kommandaria Sax Quartet (Cyprus), Amarone String Quartet (Germany), Quartetto Image (Italy), Aperto Trio and Pro Contemporania Ensemble (Romania), Canberra New Music Ensemble, NOW Flute Ensemble, Griffyn Ensemble, Settembrini trio (Australia), Antara Ensemble (Chile),

and soloists: Pierre-Yves Artaud, Alain Carré, Natalie Dessay, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Jean-Claude Gerard, Baudoin Giaux, Daniel Kientzy, Marie Kobayashi, Giuseppe Laterza, Aino Lund, Yumi Nara, Nathalie Negro, Kiyoko Okada, Fabrice Pierre, Nadia Ratsimandresy, Christel Rayneau, Emma Resmini, Gabriella Smart, Stephane Sordet, Liesl Stoltz, Chiharu Tachibana, Fuminori Tanada, Francoise Vanhecke, Stephen Whittington and many other distinguished musicians and singers.


Her works are published by Billaudot, Delatour, Alphonse Leduc, Notissimo, RadioFrance Editions (France) and Svitzer Editions (Denmark).

They have been the subject of articles, conferences, a short documentary film:

  • documentary film « Portrait de Sophie Lacaze, compositeur » (co-production MEZZO TV / Fonds d'action SACEM), 2012,
  • « La musique pour flûte de Sophie Lacaze » (Sophie Lacaze's Flute music) published in Traversières, the official magazine of the French Flute Association (Traversières n°104), 2012,
  • « La música de los cuatro elementos » by Geneviève Mathon, translated by Alberto Leongómez H., in “(Pensiamento), (palabra)… Y oBra”, Revista de la Facultad de la Universidad Pedagogica Nacional, Bogotà, Colombia, 2014,
  • « Aborigines - impressionen » by Dr. Hanns-Peter Mederer, Amusio.com, Germany, April 2016,
  • « Composer profile: Sophie Lacaze » by F.D. Leone, Musica Kaleidoskopea, July 2014,
  • « Voyelles » and «Trois mélodies » were the subject of conferences in Berlin (Germany) and Nice (France) as part of Patrick Quillier's lecture series on "Music and Poetry in France in the 20th Century" (2005 - 2006),
  • Lectures « Sophie Lacaze's music » and « Oceans, by Sophie Lacaze » by Irina Koryakina, Tchaikovsky Music Conservatorium in Ekaterinburg, Russia, November 2010,
as well as a book edited by Editions Delatour (May 2018): « Sophie Lacaze, portrait d'une compositrice » (Sophie Lacaze, portrait of a composer), by Geneviève Mathon.


Sophie is regularly invited to give master-classes or conferences (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Barossa Music Festival - Australia; CNR in Versailles, CRR in Nancy, CRR in Rouen, CRR in Montpellier, IUFM in Tarbes - France; Conservatoire Royal in Brussels, Conservatoire Royal in Liege - Belgium). She teaches composition and music history at the University of Montpellier, and is artistic director of Turbulences Sonores (contemporary music festival in Montpellier).

She is also President of the French association of women composers, Plurielles 34.

Unsubdued but attentive to musical trends and schools, Sophie Lacaze has developed an original aesthetics that seeks to give back to music its first vocations, such as ritual, incantation, dance, and its links with nature, and in which the sound is essential.