Naji Hakim

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Naji Subhy Paul Irénée Hakim (born 31 October 1955 in Beirut; )<!--Arabic needs to be checked by a native speaker--> is a Lebanese-French organist, composer, and improviser. He studied under Jean Langlais, and succeeded Messiaen as organist at the Église de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris.


Naji Hakim was introduced to the organ during his elementary school studies at the Collège du Sacré-Cœur in Beirut. He began with private piano lessons, but when he was nine or ten years old, he began work on his own at the organ using various methods such as Marcel Dupré and Gleason. In 1975, he moved to Paris to finish his engineering studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications since the Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Beirut in Lebanon closed because of war. He continued his organ studies in performance and improvisation with the famous French organist-improviser-composer Jean Langlais (1907-1991). Hakim worked with Jean Langlais for about ten years, and Langlais became like a second father to him: very encouraging and demanding. With Jean Langlais’s encouragement, he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris where he obtained seven first prizes in organ performance, organ improvisation, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, analysis, and orchestration. He was in the classes of Rolande Falcinelli (organ and improvisation), Roger Boutry (harmony), Jean-Claude Henry (counterpoint), Marcel Bitsch (fugue), Jacques...
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