Born: October 31st, 1955
Country of origin: Lebanon
May 26th, 2015 | St Bartholomew's Church - Armley - United Kingdom
Conductor: Marius Popp
September 1st, 2015 | La Madeleine - Paris - France
Naji Hakim was born in Beirut on 31 October 1955. He was a student of Jean Langlais and took lessons with Roger Boutry, J.C. Henry, Marcel Bitsch, Rolande Falcinelli, Jacques Castérède and Serge Nigg at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. In addition, he earned an instructor's diploma for organ from the Trinity College of Music in London.
From 1985 to 1993 he was titular organist at the Basilique du Sacré Coeur in Paris and from 1993 to 2008 at the Église de la Trinité as successor to Messiaen. Today, he is professor of harmony (musical analysis) at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt and visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Hakim is member of the Consociatio Internationalis Musicae Sacrae in Rome and holds an honorary doctorate from the Saint-Esprit University in Kaslik, Lebanon.
He has received numerous first prizes at international composition and organ competitions and was awarded the André Caplet Prize 1991 of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI conferred on him the 'Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice' medal
Hakim's music is influenced by many different cultural, religious and ethnic sources. His main sources of inspiration are:
- Gregorian chant
- Maronite chant
- Lutheran chorale
- Danish hymns
- folk songs
- the Bible and the poetry of other composers.
- 'Die Taube' for tenor and string quartet (ED 9970)
- 'Ich liebe die farbenreiche Welt' for organ (ED 20497)
- 'Gershwinesca' for organ (ED 20375)