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Michel Raison graduating with first-class honors in clarinet and chamber music from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and studied in The Banff Centre fort he Arts Canada and then in Amsterdam before receiving various prizes for clarinet and chamber music at the international competitions of Paris, Toulon and Vierzon.

Principal clarinet of the European Community Youth Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Zubin Metha, Vladimir Askenazy, he is regularly invited to play with many European formations: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Madrid Orchestra Sinfonica, Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium, National Orchestra of France, Opera and Orchestra of Montpellier, Orchestra of the Paris Opera, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Oslo Philharmonic, Oslo Radio Orchestra and the European Festival orchestras of Lucern and Aix en Provence

He had performed as soloist under the direction of Christopher Hogwood at the Festival of Aix en Provence with Symphonia Europa, but also with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio-France, Provence Côte d'Azur Orchestra and the Amiens Sinfonietta. He performed the C. Nielsen Concerto with the South-East Bayern Orchestra of Passau and the Calgary Philharmonic, as well as Tomasi concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of the Auvergne and the Sussmayer clarinet concerto in Tokyo Folles Jounées, and the Mozart and Finzi Concerti in Kutna Hora (CZ) and played with Ilya Gruberts, Corinne Lachapelle, Jiri Barta, Konstantin Lifschitz etc

He is member of Paris-Bastille Wind Ensemble (François Leleux ht, Hevé Joulain Horn, Romain Guyot cl...), who performed in France, … but also in Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgegouw of Amsterdam, the West Cork Festival, Folles Jounées in Tokyo, Lisbon and Nantes, Wigmore Hall London,Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chili, Rio de Janeiro etc... and recorded two CDs, Mozart serenades by H.Mundia and Strauss serenades by Sony Classic.

Michel Raison is teaching in the French-Czech Academy of Music in Telč since 2000.