"Pineau-Benois has a beautiful sound and a large scale, without speaking about his violin technique." Penza Inform, 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." North Star, 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
Violinist of the new generation François Pineau-Benois, nicknamed by the international press "French virtuoso", entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) at the age of 14. He holds master degrees in violin and chamber music from the CNSMDP and also studied with Régis Pasquier at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot.
He worked with Maxim Vengerov, Salvatore Accardo and Mauricio Fuks at the selective European Academies, e.g. Kronberg.
He is a laureate of the Fondation Banque Populaire and Safran pour la Musique (2017) competitive career grants as well as of the prizes from several competitions: the First Prize (duo) at the International Pro Musici Competition (2019, Paris), the Grand Prix of the International Alexander Glazounov Competition (2017, Paris), the Grand Prix Ciboure of the Ravel Academy (2015, Saint-Jean-de-Luz), the Young Artist Award of the International Leopold Mozart Competition (2013, Augsburg) and others.
A musician with an exceptional sound, he has been invited to play with renowned musicians such as François-René Duchable, Régis Pasquier, Roland Pidoux and young musicians in France, Belgium, Turkey, Russia, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Israel, United Kingdom, Austria. As a soloist, he has played with philharmonic orchestras the concertos of Haydn, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Vieuxtemps, Sibelius, Bartok, Graciane Finzi. With chamber music orchestras he performs Tartini, Mozart, Kreisler, Bach, Vivaldi, Waxmann. In January 2022 he recorded Matti Murto's Concertino for Violin and Strings with the Oulunsalo Ensemble, supported by the Finnish Institute of Paris.
He has been invited to France Musique on several occasions for live broadcasts, performed on Dutch radio from the Concertgebouw, recorded a programme of romantic works at Radio Bartok in Budapest in 2022.
He is a member of the Philia Trio and has recorded with them his first CD in 2022 which was nominated by France Musique.
François Pineau-Benois plays the historic Italian violin (XVIII) "Le Genève" of French virtuoso of the beginning of XXth century Lucien Durosoir, graciously lent by the foundation Musicians between War and Peace. He is professor at the Rachmaninoff Conservatory in Paris.