A French composer born September 9, 1963 at Lourdes.
In parallel to her engineering studies Sophie Lacaze studied music at the Toulouse Conservatory. She subsequently obtained a diploma for composition at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. Her teachers were Antoine Tisné, Allain Gaussin, Philippe Manoury. She completed her training at the Accademia Chigiana in Sienna with Franco Donatoni and Ennio Morricone, and she explored music theatre at the Centre Acanthes with Georges Aperghis. In 1996 she discovered the culture of the Australian aborigines. Inspired notably by the rhythms in ceremonies and ritual dances, the phenomena of traditional songs, she cultivates purification and communion with nature, introducing the didgeridoo into the classical Western instrumentarium for her works. A laureate of the Grands Prix des Lycéens in 2009, Sophie Lacaze is also interested in transmission and teaching. In this connection she organises, notably in Europe and Australia, lectures and masterclasses and teaches composition and orchestration at the Paul Valéry University in Montpellier. Her compositions are for solo instrumentalist as well as for orchestra, and they include mixed, vocal and teaching pieces. Among her works are Voyelles (1993), Broken words (2000), Voices of Australia (2002), Dreaming (2004), The four elements (2005), Het lam Gods II and III (2007 and 2009), Le voyage de Marco Polo (2010).