Festival Lille Clef de Soleil

Charles Michiels

Born in 1972, Charles Michiels studied art at the Conservatories of Tournai, Mons and Brussels. He holds advanced degrees in solfeggio, clarinet and chamber music, all with great distinction and a first prize in choral conducting.
He has distinguished himself in national and international competitions and is the first winner of the International Clarinet Association competition in Lubbock (1997, Texas, USA) and laureate of the Dos Hermanas International Competition (1996, Seville, Spain).
In addition to numerous concerts around the world as a clarinetist and choirmaster (France, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Cyprus, USA and China), Charles Michiels is solo clarinetist in the Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles (Mons); he is also called to play in different ensembles such as La Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra, the CEPHEUS ensemble, the Kölner Akademie, and participates in many other chamber music projects.
After more than 15 years as conductor of vocal and instrumental ensembles, he has been involved in the Jeunesses Musicales de Wallonie Picardie center, where he was director from 2006 to 2011. He teaches choral direction and directs various vocal ensembles at the Conservatoires de Bruxelles since 1998 and Lille since 2011, and clarinet at the Conservatoire de Tournai since 1995.
A great defender of 20th and 21st century music, he promotes contemporary composers, especially Belgian composers, in both the clarinet and the choral repertoire, his two great passions.