Michel Piquemal began his singing studies in the Master of the ORTF, then continued his training with Denise Duval and Pierre Bernac for French melody, Suzanne Anders and Paul von Schilawski at the Mozarteum in Salzburg for the interpretation of the Lied.
In 1978 he founded the Vocal Ensemble Michel Piquemal with which he creates works of Francis Vercken, Roger Calmel, Castérède Jacques, Kamillo Lendvay, Marcel Landowski, Jean Guillou and Jean-Louis Florentz.
From 1985 to 1994 he taught at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. In 1987 he was appointed director of the Regional Choir Vittoria d'Ile de France and the Regional Choir of Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur.
Michel Piquemal is invited to conduct many orchestras : orchestras of Bordeaux, Cannes, Marseille, Nice, Avignon, Nancy, the Lille National Orchestra, National Orchestra of Ile de France, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Pays de la Loire, the Orchestral Ensemble of Paris, the State Symphony Orchestra Hungarian, the Radio Orchestra of Budapest, the Orchestra of Bucharest, the Liege Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Bretagne, Orchestra of Lamoureux Concerts, etc...
His discography is rich and diversified. As a baritone, he has recorded works by Liszt, Sauguet, Lalo, Rossini, and recently with the pianist Christine Lajarrige, melodies of Poulenc. With his various groups, many recordings has been made devoted to Rossini, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schubert, Cornelius, Donizetti, Fauré, Ropartz, Poulenc, Lendvay, Duruflé, Honegger and Tomasi.
At the head of his vocal ensemble, Michel Piquemal wins in 1996 the "3rd Victoires de la Musique Classique" with the recording devoted to the complete collection of the sacred music of Maurice Duruflé, published by Naxos. Two years later, with King David by Honegger, recorded for the same label, this time with the Regional Choir Vittoria of Ile de France, he gets the same reward (5th Victoires de la musique classique).
Michel Piquemal gives interpretation lessons of French melodies at the International Summer Academy of Nice since 1994.
Officier des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, he received the Hungarian Pro Artibus Prize.