Born in Alexandria on December 12, 1943, Michèle Reverdy studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Olivier Messiaen and Claude Ballif, where she won the first counterpoint, analysis and composition awards.

Between 1979 and 1981, she was a boarder at Casa de Velazquez in Madrid.
From 1977 to 1992 she is a producer at Radio-France (France-Culture).

From 1983, she is professor of analysis and orchestration at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris (CNSMDP).

She has composed for many chamber ensembles: solo instruments, duets, trios, string quartets, wind quintet, etc ... For the voice: Seven Text Enluminures by Serge Poliakoff, News of the world after Christian Doumet's poem, Les Amours Jaunes poems by Tristan Corbière, Ironic against the absurdity of the world ... For vocal ensembles: Three Fantasies of Gaspard of the Night poems by Aloysius Bertrand, In the Noche dichosa poems of Saint John of the Cross, About Felines text of Anne Reverdy, The Fable of Death and Boxing (u) r text by Christian Doumet. For chamber orchestra: Meteora, Scenic-Railway, Chimère (concerto for viola), Concerto for Orchestra, orders from Radio-France and the Ensemble Inter Contemporain for large orchestra: The Circle of Wind commissioned by the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lac de Moon created in 2004 by the National Orchestra of Radio France under the direction of Kurt Masur-.

She has also distinguished herself in the genre of musical theater: The Name on the tip of the tongue in collaboration with Pascal Quignard, The King of Wood text by Pierre Michon and in that of the opera, with Le Château d'après Franz Kafka, The High Yellow Note (life and death of Vincent van Gogh) on a libretto by Michel Siret-Gille, The Preceptor - commissioned by Hans Werner Henze for the Munich Biennial 1990 - after Jacob Lenz, The Hunting Rifle after Inoue Yasushi, and Medea after Christa Wolf, premiered at the Opéra de Lyon in a production by Raoul Ruiz in 2003 and the opera-buffa: Italo Calvino's The Cosmicomiche. In early 2016, his work includes 90 opus.Michèle Reverdy is also the author of two books on the work of Olivier Messiaen (Editions Alphonse Leduc) and a book entitled Composer of music today (Editions Klincksieck , 2007).

In 2014 Emmanuel Reibel and Yves Balmer devote a book to her: "Michèle Reverdy Intranquille Composer" (Editions Vrin, Paris), who "unveils a very endearing creative universe, rooted in a mysteriously obsessive past whose work table musician is the tireless outlet. "