Emmanuelle Haïm

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Emmanuelle Haïm
Emmanuelle Haïm during the press conference inaugurating the 8th Misteria Paschalia festival, 18 April 2011
Emmanuelle Haïm during the press conference inaugurating the 8th Misteria Paschalia festival, 18 April 2011
Background information
Born (1962-05-11) 11 May 1962 (age 60)
OriginParis, France
  • Harpsichordist
  • conductor
Years active1990–present
LabelsVirgin, Erato

Emmanuelle Haïm (French pronunciation: ​[ɛmanɥɛl aim]; born 11 May 1962) is a French harpsichordist and conductor with a particular interest in early music and Baroque music.

Early life, student and assistant years[edit]

Haïm was born and grew up in Paris, and was raised Catholic although her father is Jewish.[1] Her musical education began early, after her father's purchase of a grand piano, and a visit to her family by Zoltán Kocsis when she was age 8.[2] She was also interested in dance as a child, but was diagnosed with a curved spine at age 10, and wore a body corset for 10 years.[2]

Haïm spent 13 years studying at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, where she studied organ with André Isoir. She came to focus on the harpsichord, which she studied with Kenneth Gilbert and Christophe Rousset, and was awarded five first prizes at the Conservatoire. William Christie invited her to work with his ensemble Les Arts Florissants, as a continuo player and musical assistant. On Christie's recommendation, she later worked as a coach and assistant to Simon Rattle,[3] as well as a guest artist with Rattle.[4]

Conducting career[edit]

After several years, Haïm left Les Arts Florissants to become a conductor. In 2000, she formed her own baroque era ensemble, "Le Concert d'Astrée", with which she has conducted and toured regularly.[5]

Haïm's 2001 conducting debut with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, in a production of Handel's Rodelina, brought her to wider artistic notice.[6] She returned to Glyndebourne in 2006 to conduct their production of Giulio Cesare.[7] Her first conducting appearance at The Proms was in July 2008.[8] Her US conducting debut was in 2003, with Chicago Opera Theater. On 2 November 2007 she became the first woman to conduct at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, conducting Giulio Cesare.[9][10] Her first US conducting appearance with a symphony orchestra was in November 2011, in Los Angeles.[2]

Haïm has been married and divorced.[11] She is the mother of a daughter, Louise, from her relationship with oboist Laurent Decker.[10]

Recording career[edit]

Haïm has a recording contract with Virgin Classics. Her collaborators have included Natalie Dessay,[12][13][14][15] Ian Bostridge, Rolando Villazón, Philippe Jaroussky, Susan Graham, Sara Mingardo and Laurent Naouri.

Discography (extract)

Awards and recognition[edit]

Emmanuelle Haïm became a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 2009, and is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2007, she was granted honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music, London. In 2017, she was appointed Officier of the Ordre national du Mérite.[16] She received the insignia on 19 June 2018.[17]


  1. ^ Michael White (2004-06-16). "Out of the niche". Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
  2. ^ a b c Eric Pape (2011-11-13). "Emmanuelle Haïm in plain sight". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-01-10.
  3. ^ Richard Wigmore, "Belle of the Baroque". BBC Music Magazine, April 2004.
  4. ^ Rian Evans (2002-02-14). "St John Passion/Rattle". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-01-10.
  5. ^ Rupert Christiansen (2003-01-14). "Who needs technique when you can produce music like this?". Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
  6. ^ Erica Jeal (2001-11-13). "Take it from the top". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-01-10.
  7. ^ Andrew Clements (2006-08-07). "Giulio Cesare". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-01-10.
  8. ^ Erica Jeal (2008-08-01). "L'Incoronazione di Poppea". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-01-22.
  9. ^ Program, Giulio Cesare, Lyric Opera of Chicago 2007/8 season, page 29.
  10. ^ a b John von Rhein (2007-10-28). "Trailblazer Haim sets conducting, family life to two-part harmony". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  11. ^ Midgette, Anne, "L'Haïm" (July 2005). Opera News, 70 (1): pp. 38041.
  12. ^ Andrew Clements (2006-01-19). "Handel: Delirio Amoroso; Mi Palpita Il Cor, Dessay/ Le Concert d'Astree/ Haim". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
  13. ^ Richard Wigmore (2006-02-18). "Classical CDs of the week: Handel, Chabrier and more". Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
  14. ^ Anthony Holden (2007-04-21). "Handel, Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno". The Observer. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
  15. ^ Richard Wigmore (2004-05-24). "Classical CDs of the week: Monteverdi: L'Orfeo and more". Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
  16. ^ "Décret du 2 mai 2017 portant promotion et nomination" (Press release). 2017-05-02. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  17. ^ Françoise Nyssen [@FrancoiseNyssen] (2018-06-19). "J'ai remis les insignes d'Officier de l'ordre national du Mérite à Emmanuelle Haïm" [I presented the insignia of Officer of the National Order of Merit to Emmanuelle Haïm] (Tweet). Retrieved 2018-09-09 – via Twitter.

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