Composer, organist, and great improviser born in Beirut, he is one of the most decorated organists of his generation. The centrepiece of this event will be the famous Passacaglia and fugue in C minor by Bach, alongside other pieces including one composed by Hakim himself and another by Juan Bautista Cabanilles.
Naji Hakim (Beirut, Lebanon, 1955) began studying music at a very young age with J.Langlais, and also received lessons at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, studying under R. Boutrym, J.C. Henry, M. Blitsch and R.Falcinelli. There he won seven prizes and was also appointed an organ teacher at Trinity College of Music in London, claiming during this time ten international organ and composition prizes.
His accolades include the André Caplet Prize awarded in 1991 by the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Between 1985 and 1993 he was the titular organist at the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur in Paris. In 2009, he won first prize at the Sacred Music Competition held in Monaco Cathedral.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, MWV 582
Naji Hakim (1955):
Bach’orama, fantasy on themes from J.S. Bach (2004)
Juan Bautista Cabanilles (1644-1712)
César Franck (1822-1890):
Prière, op. 20, FWV 32 (1860/62)
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 633/634 (1713/15)
N. Hakim (1955) :
Le bien-aimé (2001)
Improvisation on a given theme