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Chairman of the National Cultural Centre

Inès Abdel Daïm (Flute)

Inès Abdel Daïm began very young her studies at the Cairo Conservatoire, where she was appointed demonstrator at the Flute Section after getting her baccalauréat degree with highest honours (1982). She received a fellowship and went to France (1983-1990) to study at L’École Normale de Musique de Paris, where she obtained Diplôme d’Exécution, and then received the highest degree in flute "Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste", and both were equated to a Masters and a doctorate from the Egyptian Academy of Arts. Back in Egypt, she was appointed at the Cairo Conservatoire (Wind Instruments Section) as a teacher (1990), then as an assistant professor (1995), and then as a professor (2001). 

She was appointed Director of the Wind and Percussion Section (2002-2004), then Dean of the Cairo Conservatoire (2004-2010), and then Vice President of the Academy of Arts (2009-2012). She joined the Cairo Symphony Orchestra affiliated to the Cairo Opera House, as a flute soloist, then was appointed Director of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra (2003-2012). She created, for the first time in Egypt, flute lessons for young children at the Talents Development Center of the Cairo Opera House (1999) and acts, on a voluntary basis, as a technical advisor for the Al Nour Wal Amal Association for Blind Women. Since 2012, she is Chairperson of the Board of the National Cultural Centre (Cairo Opera House) till now.

 Inès Abdel Daïm gave numerous concerts in France (Nice, Cannes, Marseille, Paris, Toulouse, Aix-en-Provence), and performed with the UNESCO International Orchestra in Paris and the Orchestre d’Aix-en-Provence. She is the flute soloist of the Cairo Conservatoire Orchestra and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, and performed all over the world: Czechoslovakia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Japan, United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, South Korea, North Korea, Morocco, Tunisia, Greece, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Algeria, Sultanate of Oman, Switzerland, China and United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah).

She also took part in many European radio programs, including Radio France (Paris), and several radio and TV programs in Egypt and in the Arab world.

 Inès Abdel Daïm represented Egypt in many international cultural and artistic festivals, conferences and events, including the Festival des arts in Nantes (France) (1995), the Festival de l’Orchestre de la Méditerranée in Marseilles (France), becoming the first Egyptian woman to participate in this festival (1996), the Festival des arts in Rabat (Morocco) (2000), and the Festival for Creative Women in Salonika (Greece) (2000). She also presided the delegation of the Cairo Conservatoire Orchestra (wind and percussion instruments) (2005) at UNESCO Headquarters, in France. She was a visiting teacher in Syria, Jordan and Algeria, and was invited to Kuwait, Jordan and Syria as an external examiner. 

She was also invited to the Scientific Conference of Universities in Kuwait and Finland, and was part of the jury of the Sultan Qabus Prize for Culture, Arts and Literature (2013). She served on the Supreme Council of Culture and on the Board of the Arts Centre of the Alexandria Library (2013), and was appointed at the Arab Academy of Music of the League of Arab States as the representative of Egypt for four years, until 2017. In 2014, she was the guest of honour at the International Music Festival in Sharjah, and member of the jury at a symposium organized by the Ministry of Scientific Research in cooperation with the British Council.

 Inès Abdel Daïm received many local and international prizes, including the First Prize of the Federation of Music Institutes in France (1982), the Prize for Creativity awarded by the Academy of Arts (Ministry of Culture), and the Prize for the Best Performer at the North Korea Arts Festival (1999).

 She was also awarded the State Prize for the Arts (2000), and was designated one of the 10 most prominent Egyptian women of the 20th Century (2000). Between 2012 and 2014, she received numerous honours and certificates of merit: the Chinese Ambassador in Egypt, Mr. Song Aiguo, paid tribute to her  for being the first woman appointed as Chairperson of the Cairo Opera House after the Revolution and for being the best female flute player in the Arab world, CARE International paid tribute to her during the International Women’s Day, and she was honoured during the Omani Women’s Day for her lifelong achievements as well as for her work as an artist and a manager and as one of the most prominent artists in Egypt and the Arab world.

She received the Commemorative Shield of the Kuwaiti College for Basic Education, was honoured at the First Conference on Russian-Egyptian Cultural Relations, and was awarded a certificate of merit by the Children’s Cancer Hospital (57357) in Egypt during the World Poetry Day. Iraq and Sudan, the Afaaq Association, Dar al-Tahrir, the Governorate of South Sinai, the Sharjah Cultural Festival, Die Zeit weekly magazine, the Egyptian Catholic Centre of Motion Picture, the Arab Academy of Music, and the Rotary Saqqarah at the Guezirah Sporting Club paid tribute to her.

Dr. Inès Abdel Daïm supervised many of the theses for master and doctoral degrees in arts from several Egyptian institutes and universities. She also took part in the development of curricula, and presided many scientific, artistic and cultural committees in Egypt and the Arab world.

 

 

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