Born in 1944 of Hungarians parents, Claude-Michel began his career in France as a singer, writer and producer of pop songs.
In collaboration with Alain Boublil, he is the book co-writer and the composer of La Révolution Française, Les Misérables, Miss Saïgon, Martin Guerre and The Pirate Queen. In 2008, his new musical Marguerite in collaboration with Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer and Michel Legrand opened at the Haymarket Theatre in London. Claude-Michel supervised overseas productions and co-produced several international cast albums of his shows.
In 2001 he composed his first ballet score, Wuthering Heights which was created by the Northern Ballet in 2002. His new ballet Cleopatra is his second collaboration with David Nixon and his seventh complete score.
In 2003 Claude-Michel married the English ballerina Charlotte Talbot. He is the father of one son and two daughters.