Michel Garcin-Marrou has combined a distinguished performing career with pedagogy and served two terms on the IHS Advisory Council (1998-2004). He has a special interest in historical instruments of the Baroque and Classical periods and reinstated the hand horn class at the Conservatoire National Supérior de Paris that had been disbanded a hundred years ago.
A native of Genoble, Michel earned a degree in Philosophy and a first prize in horn at the Conservatoire de Grenoble, then continued his studies under Jean Devemy at the Conservatoire in Paris. After two years of service in a military band, he won first prize at the Geneva International Horn Competition in 1965 and went on to play in several orchestras, including principal horn in the Orchestre de Paris. Later he performed with many European period instrument orchestras.
Michel has taught at Conservatoires in Lyon and Paris, participated in symposiums and workshops, and is researching a book on the history of the French horn and horn players of France.