Inès Halimi is a French composer, singer and pianist.
Born in Paris in 1993, her grandfather, Paul Hadjaje, “alto super-soliste” at the Paris Opera, immersed her in music from an early age. She began playing the piano at the age of 4, and at the age of 7 began a music-studies course with Michèle Tedeschi at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt.
Combining the study of jazz and classical music, Inès Halimi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Singing, a Master’s degree in Lyric Singing, and a Master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy from the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne. From December 2017, advised and encouraged by
composer Isabelle Aboulker, she is deepening her musical composition; accompanied and followed by French composer Yves Chauris.
Inès Halimi is composer-in-residence alongside Thierry Escaich, at the Festival des Forêts de Compiègne, for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. She writes for artists such as Rolando Villazón, Marina Viotti, the Ellipsos Quartet and the Messiaen Trio.
IInès Halimi is a French composer, singer and pianist. Born in Paris in 1993, her grandfather, Paul Hadjaje, “alto super-soliste” at the Paris Opera, immersed her in music from an early age. She began playing the piano at the age of 4, and at the age of 7 began a music-studies course with Michèle Tedeschi at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt. At 15, she began in-depth study of lyric singing with Sophie Pondjiclis (mezzo-soprano), and at the same time developed her jazz and improvisation skills with Mila Lumbroso.
On graduating, Inès Halimi was admitted to the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU) in Susanne Abbuehl’s class for a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Singing, where she furthered her work on improvisation and composition. Combining the study of jazz and opera singing, she was admitted to the HEMU’s Classical Department for a Master’s degree in opera interpretation, in the class of Leontina Vaduva, then Stephan Macleod. At the same time, she follows an intensive
at the HEMU’s Atelier Lyrique, directed by Marc Mayoraz. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy, in Frédéric Gindraux’s class.
From December 2017, advised and encouraged by composer Isabelle Aboulker, she is deepening her musical composition; accompanied and monitored, by French composer, Yves Chauris. In September 2018, Inès Halimi founded Compagnie …Sans Oublier… and her first creation, Giacometti ou le Jeu des Mots (premiered in 2019, at the Théâtre Interface in Sion), for which she composed the music. The second project takes shape in August 2020, when Inès Halimi sets Metin Arditi’s book Mon père sur mes épaules to music, to illustrate the reading by
by actor Marc Mayoraz. As a composer, she will premiere her melody Quiero at the Opéra de Lausanne in September 2020, performed by mezzo-soprano Marina Viotti. Twice winner of the Académie de composition “Léo Delibes” under the direction of Thierry Escaich, during the 2020-2021 season she composes Quatuor pour un inconnu, a piece for saxophone quartet. The piece is premiered and performed by the Quatuor Ellipsos in July 2021 at the Festival des Forêts de Compiègne. For the 2021-2022 season, she composes the Sonate Réminiscence
for the Messiaen Trio, premiered in July 2022 at the Festival des Forêts. An ambitious project is currently being written around Caligula’s last Monologue (based on the play by Albert Camus): Inès Halimi sets this monologue to music for Marina Viotti, the Ensemble Appassionato, and a rock ensemble, directed by Mathieu Herzog.
In October 2022, tenor Rolando Villazón commissions a piece from Inès Halimi, based on a sonnet by Sor Juana Inès de la Cruz: this melody, Entre tus manos, is premiered worldwide, during the singer’s international tour, in Bern, Hanover, Basel, Lucerne, Zurich, Vienna, Hamburg, then Paris (2022-2023).
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