Inès Halimi

Inès Halimi is a French multi-talented artist : composer, singer, pianist, author, and actress.
Artistic director of the Compagnie …Sans Oublier…, she creates and produces multidisciplinary shows (combining music, theater, literature, dance, and painting).

As composer, her melody Quiero, is created at the Opera of Lausanne in September 2020 performed by the mezzo-soprano, Marina Viotti (Best Lyrical Artist Award, at the Victoires de la Musique 2023). The piece is also recorded on the singer’s new album, entitled Porque existe otro querer (2023), and has been a great success with the public and the music press, including Forum Opera and Ôlyrix. Twice winner of the Academy of Composition « Léo Delibes » under the direction of Thierry Escaich, she composes during the 2020-2021 season, Quatuor pour un inconnu, a saxophone quartet. The piece is created and performed by the Quatuor Ellipsos, in July 2021 at the Festival des Forêts of Compiègne. For the season 2021-2022, she composes the Sonate Réminiscence for the Trio Messiaen, created in July 2022 at the Festival des Forêts.
In October 2022, the tenor Rolando Villazón commissions a musical piece from Inès Halimi, based on a sonnet by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz : the melody, Entre tus manos, is premiered worldwide, during the singer’s international tour, in places such as Tonhalle of Zürich, and the Wiener Konzerthaus of Vienna (november and december 2022).
In the winter of 2023, Inès Halimi is the laureate of the writing residency of the Jan Michalski Foundation (Switzerland) to carry out her project Prayers, mixing musical and literary writing: this project will lead to a series of concerts in 2024, in which she will perform – alongside the Ellipsos Quartet – as singer and artistic director.

As singer, Inès Halimi performs under direction of conductors such as Leonardo Garcià Alarcòn (soprano solo, in the oratorio Israel in Egypt of G. F Händel), Nir Kabaretti (role of Papagena, in Die Zauberflöte of W. A Mozart) at Jerusalem Opera Studio, David Schemer (role of Cleopatra, in Giulio Cesare of G. F Handel) with Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra.
In a contemporary repertoire, she approches Written on skin (role of Agnès), and performs Music for 18 musicians of Steve Reich, under the direction of Emmanuel Séjourné, alongside Susanne Abbuehl and Lauren Newton.
She partners on stage with musicians such as the Ellipsos Quartet, the pianist Jean-Philippe Clerc, the pianist and composer Yakir Arbib, Marina Viotti, the jazz pianist and composer Alix Logiaco, and the recitalists Nikita and Maxime Ramic. 

In September 2018, Inès Halimi founded Compagnie …Sans Oublier… alongside Marc Mayoraz. Together they signed their first creation, Giacometti ou le Jeu des Mots (Théâtre Interface of Sion, 2019). Their second show, Mon père sur mes épaules, is a « musical reading » based on the novel of the eponymous novel by Metin Arditi. In collaboration with the author, Inès Halimi sets to music the text that Marc Mayoraz plays on stage (Centre Culturel des Terreaux of Lausanne, 2023). Rencontres, the third show written by Inès Halimi, is a lyrical cabaret that she performs on stage alongside Jean-Philippe Clerc (Fondation Jan Michalski, 2023). Dialogues Hébraïques, the company’s next creation – combining music, dance and literature – will see the light of day in autumn 2023.

Inès Halimi is in 1993 in Paris. Her grandfather, Paul Hadjaje, “alto super-solist” of Opéra de Paris, immersed her in the music very young. At the age of four, she starts to play piano and at seven she follows a cursus of musical studies at flexible hours at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional of Boulogne-Billancourt, in the class of Michèle Tedeschi. At fifteen she starts in-depth study of classical singing with Sophie Pondjiclis (mezzo-soprano), and simultaneously develops her jazz and improvisations qualities with Mila Lumbroso.

Following the Baccalaureate Literature-Music, Inès Halimi is admitted to the Haute Ecole de Musique of Lausanne (HEMU) for a Bachelor in Jazz Singing, in the class of Susanne Abbuehl, where she deepens her studies in improvisation and composition. Conducting studies of jazz and classical singing she is admitted in the Masters Program in Lyrical Interpretation in the department Classique of HEMU, in the class of Leontina Vaduva, and after Stephan Macleod. In parallel she pursues an intensive Theatrical Interpretation at the Atelier Lyrique of HEMU conducted by Marc Mayoraz. Inès Halimi holds also a Master in Vocal Pedagogy, in the class of Frédéric Gindraux. Since December 2017, and upon the advice and encouragement of Isabelle Aboulker, she has been working on musical composition with the French composer, Yves Chauris.

Inès Halimi is a composer published by Artchipel Editions since April 2022.

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