Raphaëlle Moreau & Célia Oneto Bensaid
A committed, sincere artist, Raphaëlle Moreau has already performed in the greatest venues in France and abroad. Nominated in the “Revelations” category at the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2020, she won the First Grand Prize at the 16th Postacchini Competition and was awarded grants from the Nicati-de-Luze, Or du Rhin and Banque Populaire foundations, as well as the Fondation Marcel-Bleustein-Blanchet pour la Vocation.
After studying with Rodica Bogdanas and Suzanne Gessner, she was admitted unanimously to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. In 2018, she obtained a master’s degree as a soloist in Renaud Capuçon’s class in Switzerland.
Appointed concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester at the age of twenty-one, she has worked with Herbert Blomstedt, Jonathan Nott, Vladimir Jurowski and Lorenzo Viotti, and has performed at the Vienna Musikverein, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Dresden Semperoper, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the Salzburg Felsenreitschule. As a soloist, she has played with numerous orchestras, including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre National de Metz, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Pau-Pays de Béarn and Georgian Chamber Orchestra, under Myung-Whun Chung, Renaud Capuçon, Marzena Diakun, Bastien Still and Simone Young, among others.
Raphaëlle performs a wide repertoire, from the great classics to forgotten female composers that she is keen to rediscover, not forgetting contemporary composers. She has premiered works by Camille Pépin, Clara Olivares, Thierry Hersant and Grégoire Rolland.
She plays a violin made by Carlo Tononi in Bologna, generously on loan from Michael Guttman.
CÉLIA ONETO BENSAID
For several years now, the press has been following the development of this “committed pianist with golden fingers and an impeccable technique” (LexNews), whose “sensibility is matched only by her mastery” (Télérama) and who, according to Les Échos, embodies “the free spirit of the next generation of French pianists”.
Célia Oneto Bensaid graduated from the Paris Conservatoire winning five prizes brilliantly in piano, chamber music and the three accompaniment classes. She then joined the École Alfred Cortot where she obtained an advanced diploma as a concert performer. The guidance of Claire Désert, Brigitte Engerer, Jean-Claude Pennetier and René Shereshevskaya proved particularly inspiring and enriching.
Today, Célia performs in the world’s greatest venues, playing a carefully chosen repertoire of solos, chamber music and concertos. She is one of the artists most committed to the rediscovery of the feminine musical heritage. A Yamaha artist and grantee of the Banque Populaire, Célia has won prizes in numerous international competitions (Piano Campus, Cziffra Foundation, Nadia and Lili Boulanger Competition, Pro Musicis, HSBC Prize at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, etc.), and was awarded the Audience Prize by Geneva’s Société des Arts in 2017.
She has recently appeared with the Orchestre d’Avignon-Provence (Debora Waldman), Orchestre de Bretagne (Aurélien Azan Zielinski), and Orchestre de l’Opéra de Toulon (Lucie Leguay).
She has been invited to play recitals and chamber music at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Festival International de Piano de La Roque d’Anthéron, Nouveaux Horizons, L’Esprit du Piano, La Folle Journée de Nantes, the Harbin Grand Theatre (China), the Salamanca Hall (Japan), the Salle Bourgie (Montreal, Canada) and the Wigmore Hall. A keen chamber musician, she has been playing with Raphaëlle Moreau since 2012.
Her ten or so recordings illustrate her attachment to her favourite repertoires and have been widely acclaimed by the press (TTTT by Télérama, 5 stars by Classica, Le Monde’s choice etc.).