Inès Halimi

Inès Halimi was born 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, Inès 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 performs on various stages including the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, les Rencontres Musicales d’Enghien in Belgium (2013).
Leonardo Garcià Alarcòn selects her to sing as soloist parts of Israël in Egypte by G. F Händel, in Lausanne, Basel and Fribourg (2016).
In February 2017, she presents on the radio La femme dans tous ses éclats! Broadcast life on Espace 2 (RTS). The project is centered on the emancipation of women during the 20th Century by means of the voice : on stage, she partners with the Israelo-Italian pianist Yakir Arbib, and Marina Viotti (mezzo-soprano). For this project, she works with the French composer Isabelle Aboulker.

During the spring of 2017, having been chosen by counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky, she is among the ten finalist invited to participate at his Académie Lyrique at the Seine Musicale of Boulogne-Billancourt. In October she benefits from a private course with Philippe Jaroussky when he came to Geneva at Victoria Hall. In another repertoire, Inès performs also Music for 18 musicians of Steve Reich, under the direction of Emmanuel Séjourné, with the singers Susanne Abbuehl et Lauren Newton (2017).

In September 2017, she starts in a second Masters in Vocal Pedagogy in order to hone her pedagogical qualities, and joins the singing class of Frédéric Gindraux (professor at the CNSM de Paris at the and at the l’HEMU of Lausanne) : Inès gratuated in June 2019.

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.

In September 2018, she creates with Marc Mayoraz, la Compagnie …Sans Oublier…, with whom she produces, writes, and composes the music of her first show : Giacometti ou le Jeu des Mots, created in April 2019, at the Théâtre Interface of Sion (Switzerland).

Since January 2020, she launches L’Aimant, a jazz duet with the French pianist, Alix Logiaco.

2020-2021 season promises to be highly eventful : the Academy of Composition under the direction of Thierry Escaich in October 2020, the World creation of “Monologue de Caligula” composed by Inès Halimi (from the theater piece of Albert Camus), for the mezzo-soprano Marina Viotti, under the direction of Mathieu Herzog and his Ensemble Appassionato, at Salle Gaveau (Paris).

Summer 2021, Inès is awaited as lyrical singer at the Jerusalem Opera Studio in Israël.

Driven by classical music and jazz, at times performer, at times composer, Inès continues on the path with authenticity.

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