The Professor

Courses are given by the composer Sophie Lacaze.

Born in Lourdes (France) in 1963, Sophie Lacaze studied music at the Conservatoire de Toulouse, and continued at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where she received the Composition Prize. Afterwards, she studied with Allain Gaussin, Philippe Manoury and Antoine Tisne in France, and with Franco Donatoni and Ennio Morricone in Italy. She also engaged in music theatre with Georges Aperghis at the Centre Acanthes, and attended Pierre Boulez's courses in College de France. She is now developing a partnership with music ensembles and soloists, and also with primary schools to introduce children to contemporary music.

She was awarded the Grand Prix Lyceen des Compositeurs for her CD "Works with flutes" (SOLAL, Allemagne) with Pierre-Yves Artaud as the soloist in 2009, and in 2010 she received the Claude Arrieu Prize of the SACEM.

Her works, which range from works for solo to chamber, choral, and orchestral music, have been performed in leading music festivals throughout France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Australia, USA, Brazil, Romania, Poland, Ukrainia, Japan, in England, Italy, Switzerland, Korea, by distinguished ensembles and artists such as the Orchestre de Perpignan-Méditerranée and the Camerata de France (conductor Daniel Tosi), "Mihail Jora" Symphonic Orchestra in Bacau (conductor Ovidiu Balan), Romanian Radio Orchestra (conductor Horia Andreescu), Nouvel Orchestre de Chambre de Rouen (conductor Joachim Leroux), Orchestre de Flutes Francais (conductor Pierre-Alain Biget), Choeur Calliope (conductor Regine Theodoresco), Appoggiature vocal ensemble (conductor Eliette Roche), musicians of the Orchestre National de Lyon, Arcadie Flute Quartet, Trio a Cordes de Paris, Benaim String Quartet, Trio 3D, Durufle, Helios, Phoenix, Piano & Co, Pleiade, Prokontra and Aujourd'hui Musiques Ensembles, Hinemoa Flute Ensemble (Belgium), Canberra New Music Ensemble and the trio Settembrini (Australia), Aperto Trio and Pro Contemporania Ensemble (Romania), Pierre-Yves Artaud, Ivan Bellocq, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Jean-Claude Gerard, Baudoin Giaux, Daniel Isoir, Daniel Kientzy, Marie Kobayashi, Aino Lund, Nathalie Negro, Kiyoko Okada, Nadia Ratsimandresy, Christel Rayneau, Gabriella Smart, Chiharu Tachibana, Fuminori Tanada, Francoise Vanhecke, Stephen Whittington.

Unsubdued to musical trends and schools, Sophie Lacaze has developed an original aesthetics that takes into account the current researches on sound while looking for giving again to music its first functions, ie ritual, incantation, dance, and its links with nature.

Sophie teaches composition and orchestration at the University in Montpellier (Musicology Department, Masters I and II).