THE ACADEMY of?ST OLAVE’S  Naji Hakim

Naji Hakim is one of the most important representatives of the great French tradition of organist-composer improvisers, with engagements all over the world.

Naji Hakim

Organ Soloist

Naji Hakim is one of the most important representatives of the great French tradition of organist-composer improvisers, with engagements all over the world.

Since the 1990’s Naji Hakim has been one of the most important representatives of the great French tradition of organist-composer-improvisers.

Born in Beirut in 1955, he studied with Jean Langlais, and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, in the classes of Roger Boutry, Jean-Claude Henry, Marcel Bitsch, Rolande Falcinelli, Jacques Castérède and Serge Nigg, where he obtained first prizes in harmony, counterpoint, fugue, organ improvisation, analysis and orchestration. Naji’s works include instrumental, symphonic and vocal pieces.

Naji also received first prizes at the International Organ Competitions at Haarlem, Beauvais, Lyon, Nuremberg, St Albans, Strasbourg and Rennes, the composition prize of the “Amis de l’Orgue” for his Symphonie en Trois Mouvements (Paris 1984) and the first prize in the International Competition for Organ Composition, in memory of Anton Heiller, for The Embrace of Fire (Collegedale, Tennessee, 1986). In 1991 he received the Prix de Composition Musicale André Caplet from the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

Naji was the organist of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, Paris from 1985 until 1993, when he succeeded Olivier Messiaen at l’Église de la Saint-Trinité. He is also professor of musical analysis at the Conservatoire National de Boulogne-Billancourt, and visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris.

He is much in demand as a recitalist, improviser and teacher, with engagements for concerts and masterclasses taking him all over the world. In 2000 he became a member of the Consociatio Internationalis Musicae Sacrae in Rome. In 2002, Naji received the title ‘Doctor honoris causa’ of the University Saint-Esprit of Kaslik, Lebanon.

May 2005

George Clark
Concerto performances with the Academy of St Olave’s

Sunday 22 May 2005

HAKIM: Concerto for Organ and String Orchestra No. 3
*UK Premiere*