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Pierre Bensaid

Violin

Orchestre Regional de Cannes, France

Rewarded by a double Gold Medal from Bordeaux conservatoire, in violin with Roland Daugareil and chamber music, Pierre Bensaid obtained in 1994 a full scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music in London, to follow a postgraduate course with Maurice Hasson, where he graduated with the highest distinction in 1998.  During his studies Pierre was offered a year residency at the Yale University School Of Music where he worked with the Tokyo String Quartet and Eric Friedman a pupil of Jasha Heifetz.

He furthered his studies with Yehudi Menuhin, Quatuor Amadeus and Alban Berg, performed as the soloist violin of the Sinfonia Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music under prestigious conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Mazel, Bernard Haitink and Simon Rattle.

Pierre Bensaid has pursed since an international career as the violinist of the Kempf Trio between 1998 and 2005.  Represented by IMG Artists, he performed in famous venues such as the London Wigmore Hall and Barbican Center, Milan Salla Verdi, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebow, as well as in many international festivals: Bath, Aldeburgh, La Jolla, Kuhmo.  His recordings of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich for the BIS label have received laudatory reviews. He was as well a visiting teacher at the London Royal Academy of Music, giving performance master classes between 2000 & 2004.

As a soloist Pierre Bensaid has performed with The Academy of St Martin In The Fields, The European Union Chamber Orchestra, The London Mozart Players and the Britten Sinfonia.

Pierre Bensaid lives now in the south of France, dividing his time between his work as a teacher at the Conservatoire National de Musique of Nice, guest leading renowned orchestras and playing chamber music with many distinguished artists.

“Pierre Bensaid demonstrates a gift for shaping melody with an unfailing, though varied, sweetness of tone.” The Strad magazine

“Crisp, transparent readings and impressively intense!” The Times

”Masterly performance with urgent spontaneity and intensity that recalls the heyday of the Barenboim-Zukerman-Du Pré trio.  Most importantly, violinist Pierre Bensaid interweaves with the potentially dominating piano part with such passion and sensitivity that Tchaikovsky orchestral writing emerges like real chamber music. A triumph!” The Strad magazine

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