After studying at the Conservatoire du Mans, Manuel Poultier perfected his skills in Paris with Philippe Cuper and Philippe-Olivier Devaux. He obtained the Prix de la Ville de Paris 1er nommé and was accepted at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, where he was taught by Pascal Moraguès, Michel Arrignon, Guy Dangain, Jérôme Julien-Lafférière and Jens McManama. He graduated in 1997 with a 1er st Prize in clarinet and a 1stt Prize in chamber music.

The same year, he became solo clarinet with the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, where he regularly performs the concerto part of its concerts (Mozart, Rossini, Weber, Copland, Strauss, Krommer, Milhaud, etc.). The Orchestre de Bretagne engages him for a summer tour to play Weber’s 1er st concerto. He was also invited to play Mozart’s Symphonie Concertante at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, conducted by Leon Fleisher.

Since then, Manuel Poultier has worked regularly with other French and foreign orchestras (Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Opéra de Paris, Russian National Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Théâtre de Freiburg, Orchestre de Radio-France, Capitole de Toulouse, Ensemble Recherche, etc.), and enjoys performing chamber music on a regular basis.

In 2015, he performed Pierre Boulez’s Dialogue de l’Ombre Double in collaboration with IRCAM.

Open to all forms of music, he frequently takes part in different projects, as he is now doing with the group KGB Orkestar (Balkan music).

He currently teaches at the CRD in Colmar and sits on juries at the CNSMs in Paris and Lyon.