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Emmanuelle Haïm (born in Parismarker, Francemarker, 1962) is a Frenchmarker harpsichordist and conductor. She has a particular interest in early music and Baroque music. She trained at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Dansemarker in Parismarker. 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, as well as a guest artist with Rattle.

After several years, she left Les Arts Florissants to become a conductor. In 2000, she formed her own baroque era ensemble, Le Concert d’Astrée. She and her ensemble have performed at such venues as the Théâtre des Champs-Elyséesmarker (Paris) and the Barbican Centremarker (London).

Haïm's 2001 conducting debut with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, in a production of Handel's Rodelinda, brought her to wider artistic notice. She returned to Glyndebourne in 2006 to conduct their production of Giulio Cesare. On November 2, 2007, she became the first woman to conduct at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, conducting Giulio Cesare.

Haïm has a recording contract with Virgin Classics. Her collaborators have included Natalie Dessay, Ian Bostridge, Rolando Villazón, Susan Graham, Sara Mingardo and Laurent Naouri.

Haïm has been married and divorced. She and her partner, oboist Laurent Decker, have a daughter, Louise.


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