Juries and Guests

Guest of Honour

Michel Portal, the guest of honour

© Jean Marc Lubrano


A musician with a diverse repertoire, Michel Portal has forged a rich career in music and cinema. 

He began studying the clarinet at the Paris Conservatoire, where he won the first prize for clarinet in 1959. 

After having performed the work of great classical composers such as Mozart or Brahms, he went on to become one of the precursors of jazz in Europe, notably through the Free movement.

In 1971, he created his own ensemble, the "Michel Portal Unit", in which he gave a special place to free improvisation. 

As a multi-instrumentalist, he has composed numerous soundtracks for films and TV films. He won the César Award for Best Music Written for a Film three times : in 1983 for The Return of Martin Guerre, in 1985 for Les Cavaliers de l'orage and in 1988 for Field of Honour.

Known and recognised for his contributions to jazz and free music in France, he is today considered one of the most important French and European jazz musicians of the 20th century.

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