Born in Paris, Michel Benhaïem studied the piano
with G.Mounier and J-C. Pennetier, while pursuing studies
at the Sorbonne (Master’s degree in Philosophy).
Graduate of the Paris Conservatoire, he is a laureate of
the Menuhin Foundation and the International Piano
Competition in Barcelona.
In 1982, he met G.Sebök and went to study with him for
three years as an “Artist diploma student” at Indiana
University (Bloomington, USA), having received scholarships
from the Fulbright Foundation and the French Government.
Since returning to France, he has been teaching piano and
chamber-music at the National School of Music of the Vallée
de Chevreuse (Orsay), and is now professor at Strasbourg
Conservatory and Superior Music Academy (piano and chamber-music).
He also gives summer classes at the international Nancy Academy.
He has been taking part in numerous recordings and concerts.
He has performed with the Ensemble Erwartung (several records with
works by Milhaud and Villa-Lobos), and the Ensemble Entretemps.
He regularly performs for Radio-France, and produces broadcasts
for France-Musique Radio about piano pieces (“Brief pieces for
piano”) and great pianists (Wilhelm Kempff, György Sebök).
Among his chamber music partners : David Guerrier, Daniel Arrignon,
Nicolas Moutier, Antoine Tamestit, Michel Michalakakos, Joël
Soultanian, Henri Demarquette, Stephane Tran Ngoc, Clara Novakova,
David Selig, Laurent Cabasso, Jérôme Granjon, Dana Ciocarlie,
Fuminori Tanada, Myriam Bonnin, Max Bonnay, Alain Buet, Marie
He regularly takes part in chamber music concerts of the
l’Orchestre de chambre de Paris.
As a soloist, he has played with orchestras such as Bucharest Georges
Enesco Philarmonia, Orchestre Symphonique Paris-Rive Droite
and Sinfonietta de Picardie. He has performed and given master-classes
in Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Italy, Israël,
Palestine, recently in French Polynesia, USA and Japan.
He is the artistic director of the "
Musicales au Fival", a chamber music festival in Ardèche.