At the moment, the French clarinetist Michel Lethiec is considered to be one of the most eminent figures on the world-wide classical musical scene. Besides his numerous concerts 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 ensembles.
Devoted to contemporary music, he has premiered performances of numerous pieces and concertos by composers such as: Penderecki, Corigliano, Denisow, Maratka, Ballif, Dalbavie, Landowski, Decoust, Sallinen, Fourchotte, Narita, Del Tredici…
Besides his concert performances he is regularly invited to give master classes in international schools and festivals.
His recordings include more than twenty compact discs, among which are two Grand prix du Disque (“Ascèses” by Jolivet and “Contrasts” by Bartók, with G. Poulet and N. Lee), for Lyrinx, Arion, RCA, Bis, Talent, Actes Sud, Dux, Naxos.
He has recorded as world premieres on cd the three Concertos by Krzystof Penderecki (with the Saint-Petersburg Camerata conducted by K. Penderecki and E. Leducq) as well as the chamber music works of the same composer (Naxos), “Porgy and Bess” Suite for clarinet and strings “ (arrangement F. Villard, Naxos), as soon as Golijov “Dreams and Prayers of Iasac the blind “ and Bloch “Jewish Life" ( with Artis and Itamar Golan, Saphir ), Bernard Hermann quintet, “ Souvenirs de voyage “, and “Mayyar Madness“ by David Del Tredici ( with Fine Arts quartet, Naxos )
His last recording ‘ 2018) presents all clarinet pieces (world premieres ) by Krystof Maratka (Arion) and he just premiered a double concerto for flute, clarinet and orchestra by K. Penderecki ( with Patrick Gallois and Juventus Orchestra Varsovie, under the direction of Piotr Sulkowski)
He is an honorary professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and teaches at the Nice Conservatoire, he also participates regularly in international competitions (Geneva, Leipzig, Prague, Osaka, Munchen, Hambourg…) as a jury member.
He is the Artistic Director of the prestigious Festival Pablo Casals in Prades.
Michel Lethiec is chevalier in the “Ordre du Mérite“ and the “Ordre des Arts et Lettres“ in France.