Emmanuelle Haïm

Harpsichordist and orchestra conductor (Paris, 1962 - )

Born in Britanny, some members of Emmanuelle Haïm's family were organ manufacturers. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire: the piano with Yvonne Lefébure, the organ with André Isoir and the harpsichord with Kenneth Gilbert and Christophe Rousset. Owning five first prizes, she later joined the ensemble Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie; she would stay there for ten years. Her passion for vocal expression led her to choir conducting at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles; afterwards she taught at the Paris Conservatoire, especially the vocal music of the 17th and 18th century.

Quickly, Emmanuelle Haïm established himself as a major figure of the baroque music. In 2000, she founded Le Concert d’Astrée, her own baroque ensemble, that would immediately be successful. 

Haïm can be found on prestigious international stages where she conducts reputed formations. Her energy and her peculiar interpretation inspired the English critic who started to call her "Mrs. Dynamite", in particular after the huge success of Theodora de Handel at the Glyndebourne Touring Opera. In 2007, Emmanuelle Haïm was the first woman to conduct the formation of the Chicago Lyric Opera in Giulio Cesare of Handel. 

The recordings she makes with her ensemble are often rewarded by the critic. Emmanuelle Haïm regularly works with great stage directors at the occasion of lyrical productions, such as Robert Carsen, Peter Sellars, Jean-Louis Martinoty, Robert Wilson…
Wonderful ambassador of the French baroque and music expertise,
Emmanuelle Haïm is Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in England. 

Six landmark dates in the life of Emmanuelle Haïm

1990: taught writing and the baroque repertoire at the Paris Conservatoire

2000: foundation of the baroque ensemble Le Concert d’Astrée

2003: Victoire de la musique classique of the Best Ensemble of the Year

2005: foundation of the choir Concert d’Astrée who regularly joins the orchestra

2009: Emmanuelle Haïm received the title of Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur

2011: directed the new scenic production at the Opéra de Paris Giulio Cesare of Handel, staging by Laurent Pelly.

Radio France documentation biography, March 2014