"A pianist of great appearance"

(Christian Wasselin, Web Theatre, April 2016)

" She's an orchestra all by herself! »

(Bertrand Renard, Culture box, February 2016)

Immersedin the art ofher childhood, Célia Oneto Bensaid chose to tell stories on the piano. She obtained five prizes with the best distinctions at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in piano, vocal direction, vocal accompaniment, piano accompaniment and chamber music. She also perfected her skills at the École Normale A. Cortot from which she graduated with thehigher diplomaof concertist.

A singular and committed personality, Célia carefully chooses the repertoires she defends on stage and that she gladly presents in order to make them accessible: this is how the repertoires of American music (including her own transcriptions), French music, contemporary music, and composers hold an important place in her programs. She thus creates many pieces of which she is dedicatee for some of David Hudry, Thomas Lacôte, Diana Syrse, and Camille Pépin whose chamber music works she records in a disc that appears in February 2019 at NoMadMusic (Choc Classica, FFF Telerama…).

A sought-after chamber musician, she can be found on stage alongside Renaud Capuçon, Violaine Despeyroux, Elsa Dreisig, Marie-Laure Garnier, Olivia Gay, Léa Hennino, Héloïse Luzzati, Fiona McGown, Raphaëlle Moreau, Xavier Phillips, François Salque…

Yamaha artist, supported by the Banque Populaire Foundation and the Safran Foundation, Célia is a laureate of numerous international solo and chamber music competitions (Piano Campus, Cziffra Foundation, Nadia and Lili Boulanger competition, Pro Musicis, HSBC Prize of the Aix-en-Provence lyric festival, etc.), she received the audience prize of the Société des Arts de Genève in 2017. In 2020, she became the first winner in the "Classical Music" category of the K2 Trophy.

Performing regularly abroad (Algeria, China, Europe, United States, Japan, Russia), she can be found in concerto (orchestra of the Republican Guard, orchestra of the Toulon opera, Appassionato ensemble, Ondes Plurielles etc.) under the direction of François Boulanger, Mathieu Herzog, Lucie Leguay or Raphaël Oleg and in concerts in festivals and halls such as the great Philharmonie de Paris, Piano aux Jacobins, the Roque d'Anthéron festival, the Spirit of the Piano in Bordeaux, the Folle Journée de Nantes, the Grand Théâtre de Harbin (China), Salamanca Hall (Japan), Salle Bourgie (Montreal), Wigmore Hall (London), and has also been a regular guest on various radio shows (France Music, Radio Classique, France Culture etc.).

In 2018 he released his first solo album "American Touches" dedicated to the Americans Gershwin and Bernstein, and including his transcriptions of orchestral works under the label Soupir very well received by the critics.

In 2021, his second solo CD is released by NoMadMusic "Metamorphosis" around Glass, Pépin and Ravel which is acclaimed by critics (Coup de coeur by Renaud Capuçon on RTL, 5 étoiles Classica, contemporary record of the week on France Musique etc.).

In 2022, "Songs of Hope" is published with his partner the soprano Marie-Laure Garnier, crossing negro-spirituals and sacredmelodies (TTT de Télérama, 5 stars Classica etc.) as well as a monograph of the unpublished works of Charlotte Sohy of which Celia recorded the piano sonata, the piano trio as well as genre andsongs(label La Boîte à pépites – Diapason découvert, Diamant de Opéra Magazine etc.)

Aftermaking her debut at the New Horizons festival at the invitation of Renaud Capucon (concerts recorded by Arte concerts), at the auditorium of the Bordeaux Opera or at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on the 21/22 season, Célia will be artist in residence at the Opera Grand Avignon on the 22/23 season; Among her on-site projects, she will performMarie Ja's Concerto No. 1with the Avignon-Provence National Theatre under the baton of Debora Waldman.

A disc devoted to Marie Jaëll's 18 pieces of Dante for solo piano will also be released in autumn 2022 by the label Présence Compositrices created by Claire Bodin. 

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