A life-time opportunity to listen to Dr. Naji Hakim performing four world premiere creations among other recent works, with the distinguished Lebanese Philharmonic Quintet. An exclusively Naji Hakim program that starts with solo woodwind works and develops further in the form of a quintet, then a sextet.
NAJI HAKIM | Piano
AMR SELIM | French Horn
ADRIAN LUNCANU | Oboe
IONUT EMIL MARDARE | Bassoon
ANA SUHAILA ABOUD | Flute
OCTAVIAN GHEORGHIU | Clarinet
Baabdath | Maronite Parish Hall – 8:00 pm
N. HAKIM (b. 1955)
Four preludes for flute and piano
World Premiere Chatou, 2017 SCHOTT
These Four Preludes for flute (recorder or txistu) and piano, were born from the constraint of the Basque txistu’s ambitus.
Cantilena for oboe and piano
World Premiere Chatou, 2017 SCHOTT
This Cantilena is based on a a stage music by Francisco A. Barbieri (1823-1894), from “Don Quijote de la Mancha”, Drama in three acts by Ventura de la Vega (1807-1865), inspired by the work of Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616).
Our Lady’s Minstrel
Prelude and Dance for clarinet and piano
Chatou, 2016 SCHOTT
Our Lady’s Minstrel is an ensemble of two works : Prelude and Dance for clarinet and piano, and Three Poems for soprano and piano, inspired by a tale of mediaeval France, Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame (Our Lady’s Tumbler), after an idea of my daughter, Katia-Sofía Hakim.
Romance for horn and piano
World Premiere Chatou. 2019 SCHOTT
This Romance exposes an expressive melodic line that it develops in an ABA form. Its initial theme evokes the Sinfonia No. 9 in F minor BWV 795 by Johann Sebastian Bach. The middle section contrasts by its thematic, tempo and key. The piece concludes with a harmonic pedal.
Gavotte for bassoon and piano
World Premiere Chatou. 2019 SCHOTT
The rondo form, the characteristic rhythm, the incipit of the melodic contour and the graceful mood of this gavotte are inspired by the 3rd Partita for solo violin in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann-Sebastian Bach. The harmonic tonal style is expanded by chords with added notes and modulations to distant keys.
French Suite for woodwind quintet
Composed for the Beirut Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet. Chatou. 2017 SCHOTT
In this suite, which includes twelve short movements, the composer pays tribute to France, the country he enjoyed since his childhood for its music and its culture, a country dear to his heart where he founded his family.
Carnaval for wind quintet
Bayonne. 2016 SCHOTT
The piece is based on the “Carnaval de Lanz”, a dance from Navarra, popular in all the Basque Country. A slow introduction in ternary meter precedes a lively allegro in binary meter articulated in a sequence form (AABBCCDD) before being developed in a series of five variations.
Rondo for wind quintet and piano
Bayonne. 2016. UMP
This rondo meets the spirit full of life and joy of the song and dance of the Basque Country. Two episodes are inspired by the melodies of Haurrak ikasazue and Chakur eta gathia. The brief conclusion betrays the source of the work: Salut Bayoune!
Naji Subhy Paul Irénée Hakim was born in Beirut , 31 October, 1955. He studied with Jean Langlais (organ), Evelyne Aïello (conducting), and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris – classes of Roger Boutry (harmony), Jean-Claude Henry (counterpoint), Marcel Bitsch (fugue), Rolande Falcinelli (organ), Jacques Castérède (analysis) and Serge Nigg (orchestration), where he was awarded seven first prizes.
Beirut Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet
The Beirut Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet was founded in 2017 and its members are part of Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra. The members are Ana Suhaila Aboud solo flute in LPO, Adrian Luncanu solo oboe player in LPO, Octavian Gheorghiu solo clarinet in LPO , Ionut Emil Mardare solo bassoon in LPO and Dr Amr Selim Assistant Professor of Music in LAU.
The members of the Beirut Philharmonic Woodind Quintet are each highly regarded performers, associated with other prominent performing ensembles, venues, and musical institutions, who have united out of a mutual passionate commitment to the advocacy and performance of the wind chamber music repertoire. Beirut Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet goal is to bring chamber music of the highest quality to the Lebanese audience.
Amr Selim (French Horn)
Dr. Amr Selim is an Egyptian musician, educator and entrepreneur. He started playing the French horn at the age of 10 and won his first full-time job with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16. His horn has taken him all over the US, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and South Korea; where he performed as an orchestra musician, soloist, chamber musician and performed various teaching activities.
Adrian Luncanu (Oboe)
Adrian Luncanu began studying the oboe at the “Octav Băncilă” Art College in Iaşi, Romania, which he graduated from in 2001. During these years he won numerous first prizes at all the Olympic National Music competitions held throughout the country but also International Music Competitions. In 1997 he won the grand prix and trophy at the “Lira de aur” National Music Competition in Suceava. He then continued his studies at the National University of Music in Bucharest, which he graduated from in 2006.
Ionut Emil Mardare (Bassoon)
Ionut Emil Mardare has graduated the Bucharest Univesity of Music in 2006, he has won several Competitions during his studies wich include: Olympic National Music Competion, Bassoon National Competition in Bucharest, International Music Competition Constanta and Tulcea. Work activity: 2002 – Giurgiu Philharmonic, Principal Bassoon 2003 – Bucharet National Opera, Principal Bassoon 2007 – Pitesti Philharmonic, Principal Bassoon 2012 – Romanian National Youth Orchestra, Principal Bassoon 2012 – Romanian Broadcast Orchestra, Associate principal Bassoon With the Romanian National Youth Orchestra.
Ana Suhaila Aboud (Flute)
Ana Suhaila Aboud serves as Principal Flute with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra and previously held the same position with the Filarmonica 5 de Mayo in Puebla, Mexico. She also was a member of the CCM Philharmonia and Concert Orchestra, the Queen City Orchestra in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has performed with ensembles across the United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East including the Beirut Chants Festival Orchestra, Queen City Orchestra, Carlos Chavez Orchestra, ONIX Contemporary Ensemble, and the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes. She was awarded the FONCA Performers Scholarship in 2003.
Octavian Gheorghiu (Clarinet)
Octavian Gheorghiu was born in 25.10.1977 in Bucharest and started the music training at age of 6. In 1996 graduated the “ Dinu Lipatti “ Music High School from Bucharest. In 2002 graduated the Bucharest National Music University at Prof. Ion Nedelciu Class. Also he studied with Emil Visenescu In 1995 graduated the Master Class at “ Transilvania “ University of Brasov (Romania) with Clarinet Maestro Aurelian Octav Popa In 1998 graduated the Master Class at “ Scuola Superiore di Musica “ from Aosta/Italy, Class of Maestro Romeo Tudorache Soloist activity with following orchestras :