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 to study at L’École Normale de Musique de Paris (1983-1990). She received the first prize "Flute Degré Supérieur" from the "Concours Général de Musique et d'Art Dramatique" organized by "Association Léopold-Bellan" in 1984. Inès Abdel Daïm received from the École Normale de Musique de Paris the following certificates: "Diplôme Supérieur d’Exécution de Flûte" (1985), "Diplôme Supérieur de Musique de Chambre" (1986), "Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste de Musique de Chambre" (1988) and "Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste de Flûte" (1989) which is considered the highest degree in flute. These diplomas 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. From 2012 to 2018, she was Chairperson of the Board of the National Cultural Centre (Cairo Opera House). Since January 2018, Inès Abdel Daïm is the Egyptian Minister of Culture.
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, member of the jury at a symposium organized by the Ministry of Scientific Research in cooperation with the British Council (2014), and she was the guest of honour at the International Music Festival in Sharjah for four sessions (2014 – 2017). She was the Head of the artistic delegation of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture celebrations in Bahrain, the Economic Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Cultural Diversity Festival in France, Om Kolthoum Celebration in Spain attended by the Spanish Mother Queen, Egyptian-Moroccan Friendship events, and finally the Chinese-Egyptian Cultural Year Celebrations held in Egypt and China.
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). She was awarded the prize of "The Ideal Mother" from the Cairo Opera House in 2013, Ministry of Social Solidarity in 2014 and the Catholic Cultural Center in 2014. Between 2012 and 2017, 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 also 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, and was honoured at the First Conference of Russian-Egyptian Cultural Relations, and was awarded certificates of merit from the Children’s Cancer Hospital (57357), the Italian Cultural Institute during the UNESCO World Poetry Day, and the Shield of the Egyptian Cultural Center in France. She was paid tribute by Iraq, Sudan, the Afaaq Association, Dar Al-Tahrir, the Sharjah Cultural Festival, Die Zeit weekly magazine, the Egyptian Catholic Centre for Cinema, the Arab Academy of Music, the Rotary Saqqarah at the Gezirah Sporting Club, Youm 7 Newspaper, Horiaty Magazine, and she got the shields of the Governorate of South Sinai, the Governorate of North Sinai, the Academy of Arts and the 6th International Creators Forum. In addition to this, she was honoured by the Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El Sisi in the "Egyptian Woman's Day" Celebration in 2017.
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.