The French clarinetist Michel Lethiec has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician with the most eminent performers and the most famous orchestras. Devoted to contemporary music, he has given premières of numerous pieces and concertos by composers such as Penderecki, Corigliano, Denisov, Maratka, Ballif, Landowski, Decoust, Fourchotte, Scolai, Narita, Brotons, Giraud, Lee and others. He has recorded for Lyrinx, Naxos, Arion, RCA, Bis Talent and Actes Sud, with two Grands Prix du Disque, and, as world premières, the three concertos by Penderecki (Arion), as well as a CD devoted to the chamber music of the same composer (Naxos 8.557052), and Luminarium by Maratka (Arion). Other recordings include his Porgy and Bess Suite for clarinet and orchestra, transcribed for him by Frank Villard (Naxos), and the Quintets by Rimsky-Korsakov and Rubinstein (Talent) as well as Bloch’s 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 frequently gives masterclasses at other renowned music schools. He is artistic director of the Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, and is Chevalier of the Ordre National du Mérite and of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres.