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Catherine Michel papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7911

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs of Michael LeGrand and Catherine Michel performing, rehearsing, and with various individuals; programs and notes; a discography; a copy of "Madame de Genlis" by Gabriel de Broglie; a copy of "Musique d'aiyourd'hui notation mouvelle"; a copy of "Répertoire pédagogique pour la harpe"; and a biography of Catherine Michel, 1978-2002.


  • 1978-2002


Language of Materials

Materials are in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Catherine Michel papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical history

Catherine Michel (born 1948) is a prominent French harpist.

Catherine Michel (Marie Céleste Elvire) was born in Amiens, France, on June 25, 1948. A student of Pierre Jamet, she entered his Paris Conservatoire harp class at the age of 13, obtaining a premier prix in 1964. She won a second prix at the Israel contest (1970) and a gold medal at the Marcel Tournier competition (1971), and was solo harpist of the Orchestre National de France from 1970 to 1977. In 1978 she was appointed solo harpist at the Paris Opéra. Strongly committed to pedagogy, she has taught at academic institutions in Hamburg (1977–80), Detmold (1996–2000) and Zürich (from 1999), as well as at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris (from 1981). Michel is a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music (RCM) and has published an important bibliography of harp music. Her significant recording career has been boosted by the popular success of her prizewinning 1995 collaboration with Michel Legrand on the CD Musique et Cinéma.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)


This collection retained its original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Catherine Michel in April 2004.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Catherine Michel; April 2004.


Prominent Harpists, (Section IV.a.i. International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth West; July 2011.

Register of the Catherine Michel papers
Elizabeth West
2011 July 5
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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Brigham Young University
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