Christelle Njeim

Christelle Njeim currently serves as a percussionist with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), a position she has held since 2016, and as a percussion teacher at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, since December 2021. She also has been a member of several youth orchestras such as the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (2018, 2019) and the Palestine Youth Orchestra as part of their Summer European Tour in 2019. Those included performances in some of the most important concert halls across Europe, including the Grand Théâtre de Provence, the Tivoli Concert Hall, the Musikhuset Aarhus, and the Royal Concertgebouw, among others.

The Lebanese percussionist, originally from Baskinta, Lebanon, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Therapy from the Lebanese University (2016) and a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Percussion from the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music (2018). Her principal teachers include Christopher Michael, Gabriel Barani, and Szymon Urbanczek. Christelle also studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Regional St Maur des fossés during the academic year 2019-2020 under the tutelage of Romain Maisonnasse and Jean-Baptiste Leclere, first solo percussion of the Paris Opera. In 2019, Christelle was awarded an international scholarship to attend the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, USA.

Aside from her work with the LPO, Christelle has been actively performing with several chamber music projects and renowned artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Omar Kamal, Gabriel Yared, Oussama Rahbani, Hiba Tawaji, Majida El Roumi, and Marcel Khalife. She’s worked under the baton of Fayçal Karoui, David Molard, Pierre Bleuse, Kazushi Ono, Jordi Mora, Gianna Fratta, Daniele Rustioni, Vincent de Kort, Fouad Fakhouri, Quentin Hindley, among others.

Her other professional activities include teaching at the Lebanese Band Association (LeBAM) for several years as well as teaching music and participating in outreach programs with refugees and marginalized groups. She has also worked as a speech therapist at the Nour El Alam clinic for three years (2016–2019).

As a performer, she is open to exploring different musical genres, especially ones that include improvisation (including jazz and Arabic folk music), and adapting them to melodic percussion instruments such as the vibraphone and the marimba. She is open to collaborations with Lebanese composers to explore new music in order to have a wider reach among the audiences and make different types of music accessible to them.

Christelle owns a variety of percussion instruments including some melodic instruments (vibraphone and glockenspiel) with different kinds of mallets and implements (including bows), hand drums (Frame drum, Tabla, and Riq), and orchestral instruments (snare drum, castanet, triangle, cymbal, shaker, finger cymbals, and others).

You can contact her directly by sending an email to christelle.njeim.cn@gmail.com or visit her on Instagram

Dabket 2020 – Wajdi Abou Diab
Funky Sunset – Ramzi Abou Kamel