Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet was born in Bayonne (French Pyrenees, Bask-Gascon Country) and married Lebanese-born composer Naji Hakim in 1980. She is Doctor from the Sorbonne, Professor at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne where she teaches History of Music and Musical Analysis since 1992 and where she has been sucessively Director of the Music department, Director of the Arts UFR and Dean of Humanities Faculty. She is visiting professor at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid (Music Department). She studied organ with Susan Landale, Marie-Claire Alain and Jean Langlais, then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris in the class of Rolande Falcinelli. There, she won first prizes in organ, improvisation, harmony, counterpoint and second prizes in fugue, instrumentation and orchestration. She is a Licentiate performer from the Trinity College of Music in London (LTCL), winner of First Prizes at the International organ and improvisation competitions in Rennes (F.), St. Albans (G.B.), Beauvais (F.), as well as the second Grand Prix d’interprétation of Chartres (F.). She is honorary titulaire of the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Notre-Dame-des-Champs church in Paris. As a musicologist, she writes articles and books more particularly on organ and court music in France and Spain from the 16th to the 17th centuries. She organizes regularly international and transdisciplinary congresses in Bordeaux.
For her academic accomplishments, she received the medal of “Officier des Palmes Académiques” in 2016 and the medal of “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” in 2012.