Born in 1994, François Pineau-Benois at the age of four 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 de Paris with Régis Pasquier.
He attended masterclasses of renown soloists and teachers amongst which are Maxime Vengerov and Salvatore Accardo.
François is a winner of Fondation Banque Populaire and Safran for Music 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, and the First Prize of the Vatelot-Rampal Competition (2006, Bordeaux).
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. 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 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.
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.
France Musique invited him for live broadcast several times.
With support of Tcherepnin society (USA) he records his first CD : Tcherepnin, Prokofiev, Shostakovich.
The international press underlines his great virtuosity and the expressiveness of his interpretations.
François Pineau-Benois plays Lucien Durosoir's historical Italian violin "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.