François Pineau-Benois, Pineau-Benois

"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

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​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).

He 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. As a soloist, he has played with philharmonic orchestras the concertos of Saint-Saëns, Vieuxtemps, Sibelius, Bartok, Graciane Finzi. With chamber music orchestras he has performed Mozart, Kreisler, Bach and Vivaldi. In January 2022 he recorded Matti Murto's Concertino for Violin and Strings with the Oulunsalo Ensemble, supported by the Finnish Institute in Paris.

​François Pineau-Benois performed the 5th Concerto for Violin and Orchestra of Henri Vieuxtemps on the occasion of the composer's bicentenary.

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.