At the moment, the french 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 the research and the distribution of the repertoire.
He has played as a soloist and chamber musician with the most eminent performers and the most famous orchestras. Devoted to contemporary music, he has performed premières of numerous pieces and concertos by composers such as: Penderecki, Corigliano, Denisow, Maratka, Ballif, Landowski, Decoust, Fourchotte, Scolai, Narita, Brotons, Giraud, Lee… His important discography for Lyrinx, Naxos, Arion, RCA, Bis Talent and Actes Sud includes two Grands Prix du Disque. He has recorded, as a world première, the three concertos by Penderecki (Arion), as well as a CD devoted to the chamber music of the same composer (Naxos) and « Luminarium » by Maratka (Arion), also a world première. « Porgy and Bess » Suite for clarinet and orchestra, transcribed for him by Frank Villard, has recently be released by Naxos and the Quintets by Rimsky-Korsakov and Rubinstein are available since 212 (Talent) as well as « Les rêves et les prières d’Isaac l’aveugle » and other pieces by Bloch (Saphir, with the Artis Quartet and Itamar Golan).
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, Munich, Osaka…).
He is the Artistic Director of the prestigious Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, where he welcomes every year the greatest chamber musicians and their students to perform original programmes, which they also present at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, as well as in other international capital cities.
Michel Lethiec is Chevalier of the Ordre National du Mérite and of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres.