The clarinettist Michel Lethiec is considered to be one of the most eminent figures on the world-wide classical musical scene. Besides his numerous concert and festival performances, he is also devoted to teaching and participates actively in research and the promulgation of the repertoire.
He has played as a soloist and chamber musician with the most eminent performers such as A. Noras, L. Kovakos, G. Hoffmann, F. Helmerson, G. Sharon, R. and B. Pasquier, H. Shaham, Y. Bashmet, G. Caussé, P. Gallois, J. Menuhin, R. Gothoni, J.F. Heisser, J.-C. Pennetier, M. Rudy, V. Mendelssohn, P. Amoyal, J.J. Kantorow, P. Csaba, M. Martin, Y. Gandelsmann, I. Golan…. and the Talich, Enesco, Artis, Amati, Prazak, Lindsay Quartets.
He has appeared with the Barcelona Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the St-Petersburg Philharmonic, the Stockholm and the Malmo Orchestras, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre National du Capitole, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Milano Pomeriggio Musicale, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Philharmonique de Radio France…
Devoted to contemporary music, he has played premier performances of numerous pieces including concertos by composers such as: Penderecki, Corigliano, Denisow, Maratka, Ballif, Landowski, Decoust, Fourchotte, Scolai, Narita, Brotons, Giraud…
In recent years, he played in Prague (“Luminarium” by Maratka), on tour in Spain (the Mozart Concerto), at the Puerto Rico Festival, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (Penderecki Sextet, first performance in the Netherlands) at the Festival “Présences” in Paris (with the Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France), in Corea, Japan, China, Vienna, Manchester (Piano Festival with B. Douglas and M. Dalberto), Warsaw (Beethoven Festival)… In January 2007 he took part in “Prades aux Champs-Elysées”, playing with B. Douglas, H. Shaham, J Dybal, Chee-Yun, Alain Meunier, Olivier Charlier, André Cazalet…
His recordings include about twenty compact discs, among which are two Grands prix du Disque (“Ascèses” by Jolivet and “Contrasts” by Bartók, with G. Poulet and N. Lee), for Lyrinx, Arion, RCA, Bis, Talent, Actes Sud.
Recently, he has recorded (world premier recording) the three concertos by Penderecki with the St-Petersburg Camerata conducted by K. Penderecki and E. Leducq, a CD devoted to the chamber music works of the same composer (Naxos), the concerto by Vanhall (Talent) and the Préludes et Danses by Lutoslawski (Arion), as well as “Ludarium” by K. Maratka with the Talich Orchestra of Prague, the Duos by S. Giraud (with A. Noras) and the Sonatas by Auric, Honegger and Poulenc (with C. Ivaldi).
He teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and at the Nice Conservatoire and gives frequently masterclasses in other renowned music schools.
He also participates regularly as a member of the jury in international competitions (Geneva, Leipzig, Prague…).
He is the Artistic Director of the Festival Pablo Casals in Prades.