Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian - Counter-Tenor

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Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian started singing in public at the age of 10 for Opéra Junior in Montpellier. 
After studying percussion and a degree in Public Law, he studied at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles before entering the Paris Conservatoire where he continues to study with Yves Sotin.

Even while studying he has sung with conductors like Christophe Rousset, Hervé Niquet and Florence Malgoire in venues like the Theater an der Wien, the Opéra Royal and the Chapelle Royale in Versailles, the Arsenal in Metz, the Opéra d’Avignon, l’Opéra de Montpellier, l’Opéra de Massy, the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Universities of Lafayette and Bâton Rouge (USA).

In the course of his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris, he has sung as a soloist under Raphaël Pichon, Emmanuelle Haïm, Benoit Haller, Christophe Coin and Philippe Pierlot. In particular, he made his operatic debut as Athamas in Handel’s Semele, took part in Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire and sang for the ballerina Ana Yepes in the Festival d’Automne at the Centre National de la Danse.

He has also worked with well-known ensembles like Les Cris de Paris, Les Lunaisiens, Les Musiciens du Paradis, La Tempesta, and Les Cyclopes.
 Because he is interested in a wide range of musical styles, he joined the ancient music summer academies of Sablé-sur-Sarthe and Royaumont, with Philippe Jaroussky, Andreas Scholl and Raphaël Pichon. As part of his studies he has learned German Lied and French mélodie with Mireille Delunsch and Hartmut Höll. He is just as interested in contemporary music, singing the first performance of Visage by Philippe Raynaud.

In 2016, he sang as a soloist with the Taylor Consort within the Poème Harmonique’s season at the Chapelle Corneille in Rouen, in Britten’s Canticles with Anne le Bozec, Marc Mauillon and Cyrille Dubois for the 34th edition of the Festival de Musique de Chambre d’Entrecasteaux, and in the last edition of the Festival de Sablé sur Sarthe in a recital with the ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro (c. Maxim Emelyanichev).

Future plans include the first performance of a piece for three male voices by Isabelle Fraisse for Radio-France as well as a Lieder et mélodies recital with pianist Lucie Sansen in February 2017 for the Jeunes Talents season at the Petit Palais in Paris.

Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian has been awarded by the Fondation Meyer and has won the Prix Grand-Avignon at the first edition of the Concours Jeunes Espoirs at the Opéra d’Avignon.

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