Naji Hakim was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1955. From 1975, he studied organ with J. Langlais in Paris, and continued his musical studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, in the classes of R. Boutry, J.-C. Henry, M. Bitsch, R. Falcinelli, J. Castérède and S. Nigg, where he was awarded seven first prizes. He is a licentiate teacher of organ at Trinity College of Music in London and has won ten first prizes at international organ and composition competitions. In 1991 he was awarded the Prix André Caplet from the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Hakim was organist of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, Paris from 1985 until 1993, when he succeeded Olivier Messiaen at the Eglise de la Trinité, a position that he held until 2008. He is professor of musical analysis at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt, and in 2001 was Composer in Residence at Trinity College of Music, London. He is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris, member of the Consociatio Internationalis Musicae Sacrae in Rome and Doctor honoris causa of the University Saint-Esprit of Kaslik, Lebanon. In 2007, His Holiness the Pope Benediktus XVI awarded Naji Hakim the Augustae crucis insigne pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, for his excellent commitment to and work for the benefit of the Church and the Holy Father.
His works include instrumental music (organ, flute, bassoon, horn, trumpet, harp, guitar, violin, piano), symphonic music (Les Noces de l'Agneau, Hymne de l'Univers, Ouverture Libanaise, Påskeblomst, four organ concertos, a violin concerto), and vocal music (oratorio Saul de Tarse, cantata Phèdre, Magnificat and three masses).
variations for string orchestra - 18'
also available in a version for string quartet
Mezzo Soprano and Orchestra: 2222/2200/timp.perc.harp/strings - 16'
Seattle Concerto (2000)
Concerto No.2 for organ and orchestra - 30'
Commissioned by American Guild of Organists
fp. by Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet-Hakim, organ and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra dir. Gerald Schwarz 6 July 2999 and Benaroya Hall, Seattle
Hymne de l'Univers (1997)
orchestra - 10'
3333/4431, timp, 4perc, 2 harps, pf, strings: 126.96.36.199.8
Les Noces de l'Agneau (1996)
orchestra - 18'
2222/2200, timp, perc, strings
Fantaisie Celtique (1985)
piano & orchestra - 10'
2222/2200, timp, strings
Jesu Redemptor Omnium (2005)
mixed choir, brass quintet, timpani and percussion - 15'
Ave Maris Stella (2003)
SATB Choir and Organ - 15'
SATB & organ - 10 '
Commissioned by The Bach Choir for performance on 2 March 2003 at the Al Bustan Festival, Beirut, conducted by David Hill.
Trois Noels (2001)
1. Ding Dong! Merrily on High
2. O Tannenbaum (with optional violin solo)
arranged for SATB a cappella - 7'
fp. Les Voix Melees with Marion Delorme, violin, 7 December 2001, Church of La Trinite, Paris
SATB choir a cappella - 8'
Text from 'The Prophet' by Kahlil Gibran
Commissioned by Festival Al Bustan
fp. Frederik Malmberg and his vocal ensemble, 19th March 2000, Lebanon
Messe Solennelle (1999)
for SATB choir and organ (with 2nd organ ad lib.) - 20'
fp. Manchester Cathedral Choir 5th March 2000, Manchester Cathedral, England
Missa Redemptionis (1995)
SATB - soloists or chorus - 20'
mezzo-soprano & piano - 16'
string quartet - 18'
also available in version for string orchestra
Prelude et Fugue (1983)
bassoon quartet - 7'
for guitar quartet - 7'
fp. 24 March 1988, Mont-de-Marsan. Quatuor Guitares des Landes
piano & string quintet - 15'
Solo & Duo
Glenalmond Suite (2009)
arranged for solo piano - 10'
violin & organ - 7'
Suite Rhapsodique (2002)
horn & organ - 15'
solo organ - 11'
Commissioned by John Roberts, 1 June 2002.
First performed by Jon Roberts, 16 June 2002, Royster Presbyterian Church, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
Te Deum (1997)
solo organ - 10'
solo organ - 6'
solo organ - 8'
solo organ - 8'
Organ Duet - 10'
solo organ - 20'
solo organ - 11'
Duo Concertant (1988)
arr. from 'Concerto No.1 for Organ and Strings'
organ & piano - 15'
Rondo for Christmas (1988)
trumpet & organ - 8'
Guide Pratique d'Improvisation
(French language version of The Improvisation Companion)