Jean-Michel BERTELLI studied in the class of Thomas Friedli at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève where he received the First Prize of virtuosity « with distinction ».
After this, he is also prize-winner of Internationals Competitions such as the “International Competition of ICA” (International Clarinet Society) in USA and the “International Clarinet Competition” in Toulon (France).
He has subsequently been in demand as soloist and chamber musician in Europe, USA, Japan, New-Zealand. He played with Britten Quartett, Vertavo Quartett,Florestan Quartett, Tchaikowski Trio, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and many Orchestras like Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Tchèque National Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Hallé Orchestra etc.. conducted by Kent Nagano, Paul Polivnick, Paul Freeman, William Christie…
He played the world première of a concerto dedicated by the American composer Richard Felciano in California and recorded for Albany Records.
From 1999 and 2003, invited by Sir John-Eliot Gardiner, he was principal clarinet of The Baroque Soloist in London.
Solicited by many instrumentals factories, Jean-Michel Bertelli is soloist for Yamaha Music Europe since 1994, international artist for Rico-reeds since 2008, and collaborate with BG-france. This conduce him to make many recitals and masters-classin the world. Jean-Michel Bertelli is also principal clarinet to the Lyon National Opéra Orchestra.