François Pineau-Benois was born in 1994. At the age of four he discovered his passion towards violin playing. He joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (CNSMDP) at the age of 14 and obtained his Master's degree in violin performance at 19. He continued his studies and obtained in 2017 the Master's degree in chamber music from CNSMDP, while perfecting his skills at the Ecole Normale de Musique Cortot de Paris with Régis Pasquier.
He attended masterclasses of renown soloists and teachers amongst which are Maxime Vengerov, Salvatore Accardo, Mauricio Fuks.
François is a winner of Fondation Banque Populaire and Safran for Music fiercely competitive career grants (2017) as well as the prizes in several competitions: the Grand Prize of the Alexander Glazounov International Competition (2017, Paris), the Grand Prize of Ciboure of the Ravel Academy (2015, Saint-Jean-de-Luz), the Young Artist Award of the Leopold Mozart International Competition (2013, Augsburg), the “Musicians between War and Peace” (2012) and Rotary/Lion's (2013) Prizes of the Ravel Academy, the First Prize of the Vatelot-Rampal Competition (2006, Bordeaux).
He was selected and participated in several international Academies including Kronberg Academy for Young Soloists (2019) and was an artist in Residence at Alfred Schnitke Academy (Hamburg).
Being a musician of exceptional sound, he is invited to play with renown musicians as François-René Duchable, Goran Filipec, Roland Pidoux, Régis Pasquier and young musicians including duets, trios, quartets, organ, in France, Belgium, Turkey, Russia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, UK. He has performed as a soloist with Toulouse Chamber Orchestra under Régis Pasquier, the Irkutsk Philharmonic Orchestra under Mikhail Golikov and Maxim Kachalov, the Jerusalem Festival Orchestra under Michail Barshevitch, the Stratford-upon-Avon festival orchestra under Rimma Sushansakya, the St Petersburg Tauride Philharmonic Orchestra under Nicolas Krauze and Guiseppe Sabbatini, the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra under Doron Salomon, the Belarus State Chamber Orchestra under Evgenij Bushkov and the Massy Opera Orchestra under Constantin Rouits.
He plays at prestigeous festivals Music in Basque Country, Ravel Festival, Raveliades, Liszt in Province, The Paris Night of Museums(France), Stratford-upon-Avon Virtuoso Violin (UK), just to name few and in concert halls such as Grand Salon des Invalides, Salle Cortot, Musée de Bourdelle, Paris Town halls, Pushkin Hause salon (London).
For the bi-centenary of Henri Vieuxtemps he is invited to play his 5th concerto for violin and orchestra in Russia and Ecuador in 2020.
Main French musical channel France Musique invited him for live broadcast several times.
With support of the Tcherepnin society (USA) he records his first CD: Tcherepnin, Prokofiev, Shostakovich with Ad Vitam Records label.
The international press underlines his great virtuosity and the expressiveness of his interpretations.
François Pineau-Benois plays a historical violin of legendary French violinist, the French Fritz Kreisler - Lucien Durosoir's "Le Genève", an instrument which Durosoir took with him to the First World War, and which is graciously lent to François by the Musicians between War and Peace Association.