Naji Hakim

b. 1955

French

Biography

Naji Hakim was born in Beirut (Lebanon) in 1955. He was a pupil of Jean Langlais and received his musical education at the Paris Conservatory in the classes of Roger Boutry, Jean-Claude Henry, Marcel Bitsch, Rolande Falcinelli, Jacques Casterède and Serge Nigg, where he obtained First Prizes for harmony, counterpoint, fugue, organ, improvisation, analysis and orchestration. He also won many international awards for organ, improvisation and composition. In 1991, he received the Prix de Composition Musicale André Caplet from the Académie des Beaux-Arts. He was resident organist of the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur in Paris from 1985 until 1993, when he succeeded Olivier Messiaen at the church of La Trinité. In 2000, he was named member of the Consociatio Internationalis Musicae Sacrae of Rome. Two years later he received the title "doctora honoris causa” of the University Saint-Esprit of Kaslik, Lebanon. He teaches analysis at the Regional Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory, is visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris. He has composed works for organ, harpsichord, violin, harp, trumpet and organ, guitar quartet, as well as a fantasia for piano and orchestra, a violin concerto, two concertos for organ, an oratorio Saul de Tarse, a symphony Les Noces de l’Agneau, a symphonic poem Hymne de l’Univers and three masses. He has recorded for Erato, Jade (Paris), Motette-Ursina, IFO (Germany), EMI, Priory (G.B.) and Afka (U.S.A.).