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Michel Lethiec

Michel Lethiec

Michel Lethiec —

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 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, Fine Arts, Amati, Prazak, Shangai, Lindsay, Chilingirian Quartets…

He has played with the Barcelona Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic, the Stockholm and the Malmoe 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 and concertos by composers such as: Penderecki, Corigliano, Denisow, Maratka, Ballif, Landowski, Decoust, Fourchotte, Scolari, Narita, Brotons, Giraud…

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.

He has recorded the three Concertos by Penderecki (with the Saint-Petersburg Camerata conducted by K. Penderecki and E. Leducq) as well as 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),  “Luminarium” by Maratka (Arion, with the Talich Orchestra Prague) Sonatas by Auric, Honegger and Poulenc (with C. Ivaldi).

“Porgy and Bess” Suite for clarinet and strings is now available (Naxos), as soon as Golijov “ Dreams and Prayers of Iasac the blind “ and Bloch “ Jewish Life ‘ (with Artis and Itamar Golan, Saphir)

He teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and at the Nice Conservatoire and he also participates regularly in international competitions ( Geneva, Leipzig, Prague, Osaka, Munchen…) as a jury member.

He is the Artistic Director of the prestigious Festival Pablo Casals in Prades.

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