Célia Oneto Bensaid
Surrounded by art since her childhood, Célia Oneto Bensaid chose to tell stories with the piano. She won five prizes with the highest distinctions at the national superior Conservatory for music of Paris (piano, song direction, vocal accompaniment, piano accompaniment and chamber music) and perfected her studies at the École Normale A. Cortot from which she graduated with a concertist degree. A Yamaha artist, she won numerous international competitions as a soloist and in duos with Marie-Laure Garnier (her preferred partner since 2011) – including the International piano-voice Nadia and Lili Boulanger competition, the Lyrical Festival of Aix-en-Provence, the Orsay-Royaumont Academy program, etc.
She also played in concertos with orchestra. She is a guest artist of the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra, of Wigmore Hall in London and festivals such as the La Roque-d'Anthéron, La Folle Journée de Nantes, Piano aux Jacobins. She also performs abroad – in Europe but also in the United States, Canada, Russia and Asia. With her unique and committed personality, Célia chooses her registers carefully; she defends and presents them with pleasure, so as to make them more accessible: American music, French music (particularly the melody), contemporary music. Female composers hold an important place in her repertoire.
After a first solo album in 2018 that was very well-received, entitled American Touches (under the Soupir label) including her own transcriptions of orchestral works by Bernstein and Gershwin -, Célia recorded the works of Camille Pépin (of whom she is the dedicatee and creator of several pieces) on her first monographic album Chamber Music (under the NoMadMusic label), extremely well received by the media in 2019. Released in May 2021, her last album Metamorphosis (NoMadMusic) has already received abundant praise by the media (5 étoiles Classica…)