- Sophie Galaise
(b Zürich, July 28, 1943). French-Canadian composer of Swiss origin. She studied at the Lausanne Conservatoire (1963–7) with Andor Kovách and Jean Perrin, among others, and privately with Darius Milhaud. In 1967 she moved to Montreal, becoming a Canadian citizen in 1972. She pursued postgraduate study at the University of Montreal (MMus 1982, DMus 1986), where her teachers included Serge Garant and André Prévost. She has taught at the University of Quebec (Montreal and Trois-Rivières campuses), Concordia University and the University of Montreal. Lauber's compositions demonstrate her assimilation of many contemporary musical techniques. Her earliest works are tonal. With the Divertimento (1970), however, her style began to evolve towards serialism, an approach employed in the 5 Pieces for Organ (1978). In the film score L’affaire Coffin (1979) and later in Valse concertante (1982) she used both tonal and atonal languages. The lyrical and romantic qualities of her writing have made her music popular with the public. As a conductor, she has worked with the Montreal, Ville d’Anjou and Sherbrooke youth orchestras. (...