Biography of Hakim Naji:
Naji Hakim was born in Beirut (Lebanon) in 1955. A student of Jean Langlais, he was educated in music at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in the classes of Roger Boutry, Jean-Claud Henry, Marcel Bitsch, Rolande Falcinelli, Jacques Castérède and Serge Nigg, where he won first prizes in theory of harmony, counterpoint, fugue, organ, improvisation, analysis and orchestration. In addition, he won a number of international prizes for organ, improvisation and composition. In 1991 he received the Prix André Caplet from the Académie des Beaux-Arts. From 1985 to 1993 he was an organist at the Basilica Sacré-Cœr in Paris, and in 1993 he succeeded Olivier Messiaen at the great organ of La Trinité. He teaches analysis at the Conservatoire National de Région in Boulogne-Billancourt, as well as organ, improvisation, analysis and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and is a qualified engineer at the Paris École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications.