"Pineau-Benois has a beautiful sound and a large scale, without speaking about his violin technique." PenzaInform (Russia), March 2020
"In the violinist's playing are felt not only technical mastery, a great school, but also the depth of feelings, sincerity, a very individual and sometimes very modern interpretation of classical works." Severnaja Zvezda, St Petersburg, August 1 2018
"The 17-year old French youth Pineau-Benois gave the first movement of Franck’s sonata with great maturity and insight, ... and ended with Franz Waxmann’s Carmen Fantasy; one doubts if one could hear this brilliant showpiece played better -technically, musically or with more élan... It was simply outstanding." Musical Opinion (UK), November-December 2012
François Pineau-Benois, a violinist and performer of the new generation, has been dubbed the "French virtuoso" by the international press. He entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP) at the age of 14. He holds masters degrees in violin and chamber music from the CNSMDP and also studied with Régis Pasquier at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot.
He participated in masterclasses with renowned soloists and teachers such as Maxime Vengerov, Salvatore Accardo, Mauricio Fuks. He has been selected and participated in several international academies including the Kronberg Academy for young soloists (2019), and was artist in residence at the Alfred Schnitke Academy (2019, Hamburg).
François is a laureate of the Fondation Banque Populaire and Safran pour la Musique (2017) as well as of several competition prizes: First Prize (duet) at the Pro Musici International Competition (2019, Paris), Grand Prize at the Alexander Glazunov International Competition (2017, Paris), Grand Prix Ciboure of the Académie Ravel (2015, Saint-Jean-de-Luz), Young Artist Prize at the Leopold Mozart International Competition (2013, Augsburg), "Musicians between War and Peace" (2012) and Rotary/Lion's (2013) Prizes of the Académie Ravel, and prizes for young musicians at the Vatelo-Rampal and UFAM competitions.
Musician with an exceptional sound, he has been invited to play with renowned musicians such as François-René Duchable, Goran Filipec, Roland Pidoux, Régis Pasquier and young musicians including duos, trios, quartets, organ, in France, Belgium, Turkey, Russia, Germany, Spain, Hungary and Israel. He has performed as a soloist with the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, the Irkutsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Festival Orchestra, the Tauride Philharmonic Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, the Belarus State Chamber Orchestra, the Massy Opera Orchestra, the Voronezh Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Régis Pasquier, Mikhail Golikov, Maxim Kachalov, Nicolas Krauze, Guiseppe Sabbatini, Doron Salomon, Evgenij Bushkov, Constantin Rouits, Igor Verbitsky, Vladimir Onufriev, Viacheslav Philippenkov, Stefan von Cron Catalano.
On the occasion of the bicentenary of Henri Vieuxtemps, he performed his 5th concerto for violin and orchestra in Russia (2020). In 2021 he opened the concert season at the Tretiakoff Gallery in Moscow and performed in the Rachmaninoff Hall, the most prestigious chamber music hall in Russia.
France Musique has invited him on several occasions for live broadcasts and he also performed in March 2020 on Dutch Radio live from the Concertgebouw.
He is a member of the Philia Trio, an original formation of violin, cello and accordion, and is a member of a European duo with the Hungarian pianist Adam Szokolay.
Pineau-Benois has a wide repertoire, but his predilection is for the European Romantic and post-Romantic repertoire.
François Pineau-Benois is a professor at the Serge Rachmaninoff Conservatory in Paris, founded by the composer.
Pineau-Benois plays the historic Italian violin "Le Genève" of the international soloist and composer Lucien Durosoir, an instrument that Durosoir took with him during the First World War and graciously lent by the association Musicians between War and Peace.