Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet
Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet

Biography

Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet Bocinos is a musicologist, organist and composer, corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences, Belles-Lettres and Arts of Bordeaux.

  • She was born in Bayonne (Basque Country) in a Franco-Spanish family including painters, poets and musicians. She has been married since 1980 to the composer of Lebanese origin Naji Hakim with whom she had two children. Doctor of the Sorbonne, University Professor, she has been teaching at Bordeaux Montaigne University since 1992. She was Director of the Music Department, Director of the UFR des Arts and Dean of the UFR Humanities. She also teaches at the Music and Dance-New Aquitaine Higher Education Center (PESMD), an institutional partner of her University. She is visiting professor at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid (Department of Music).
  • She studied the organ with Susan Landale, Marie-Claire Alain and Jean Langlais, then at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris in the class of Rolande Falcinelli. At the Paris Conservatory, she also studied in the classes of Jeanine Rueff, Jean-Claude Henry, Marcel Bitsch, Serge Nigg and Paul Mefano, where she won first prizes in organ, improvisation, harmony, counterpoint and second prize in fugue, instrumentation and orchestration.
  • She is a Licenciate Performer from Trinity College of Music in London (LTCL) and has won first prizes at international organ and improvisation competitions in Rennes (F.), St. Albans (GB), Beauvais (F.), as well as the second Grand Prix for interpretation in Chartres (F.). She is honorary holder of the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Notre-Dame-des-Champs church in Paris.
  • She participates as a concert performer, teacher or juror in international festivals in Europe, United States, Near and Middle East. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music, as evidenced by its discography and radio broadcasts. Frequently invited by the American Guild of Organists (AGO), she premiered several works by Naji Hakim, notably in 2000 the Seattle Concerto accompanied by the Seattle Symphony conducted by G. Schwartz at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.
  • Her compositions published by Combre, Delatour, Lemoine, FitzSimons, Müller & Schade and United Music Publishing, include works for organ, piano and a "Poème" for soprano and piano.
  • As a musicologist, she writes articles and books in which she studies particularly organ and court music in France and Spain from the 16th to the 18th centuries. She has been involved in several scientific teams: previously at the Sorbonne (“Patrimoines et Langages musicaux”) and at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, Institut du Patrimoine musical, UMR 200), she currently belongs to ARTES Research Center at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne (dir. P. Sauvanet), and she is an associate member of the CSIPM of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid ("Música y cultura en tiempos de los Borbones", dir. B. Lolo). She is a member of the SSLA of Bayonne (dir. J. Pontet). With historian G. Poumarède, she leaded an important research project in Aquitaine on the dynastic alliances of France and Spain (16th - 18th centuries) and their consequences at the political, economic and cultural level. In Bordeaux, she regularly organizes international and transdisciplinary conferences.
  • For her academic achievements, she was promoted to the rank of "Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite" in 2012 and "Officer of the Academic Palms" in 2016. In 2021, she was elected Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Belles-Lettres and Arts of Bordeaux.

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