About Rachel


Heralded as a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, international concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine thrills audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone and emotional honesty.

With an infectious joy in music-making and a passion for connecting historical research to performance, Pine transforms audiences’ experiences of classical music.

An exciting, boundary-defying performer - Pine displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon.

- The Washington Post

In the Press

"Only an artist who has a truly distinctive view of the work [Mendelssohn Violin Concerto] will catch the ear amid all of the competing versions. Rachel Barton Pine is one such artist. She brings to the Mendelssohn Concerto a simplicity of expression that compels the listener to sit up and take notice."


“A greatly gifted young violinist… her sound was rich and commanding.”

The New York Times

“Barton has everything required -- a big burnished tone; the brilliance, agility and precision of a bel canto diva. Above all, she has the knack for reaching out to an audience and holding them at awed attention in a manner all her own.”

Chicago Tribune

"Rachel Barton Pine really may be the most charismatic, the most virtuosic, and the most compelling American violinist of her generation."

All Music Guide

"Few can play as beautifully as Barton … the commanding ease at which she applied fingers and horsehair to the breathless roulades and passage work was enough to put the crowd in her thrall, as if they weren't fans already."

Chicago Tribune

Latest Recording

MOZART: Complete Violin Concertos

In celebration on Mozart’s birthday on January 27 and Sir Neville Marriner’s 90th year, Billboard chart-topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs the five Mozart Violin Concertos, as well as the Sinfonia Concertante, with the Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The recording is Pine’s first with AVIE Records and marks the recording debut of violist Matthew Lipman, a Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation recipient.

Pine continues to perform the complete five Mozart Violin Concertos in a single evening’s concert and feels that playing them as a cycle has deepened her relationship with them. She has drawn on a tremendous amount of research in crafting her interpretation. Her study of the composer’s operas strengthened her appreciation for the drama and playfulness of Mozart’s violin concertos, and she highlights the subtle nuances of the concerti’s ever-changing dialogue in her performances. Pine revels in Mozart’s gift for improvisation, particularly in the little variations in the repeating rondo theme in the last movement of the A major concerto.

“She is one of the most honest of violin players I have ever heard... And it’s a great attraction in this [project], there is no utter embellishment, everything is there for a purpose and musically speaking it makes such good sense.” – Sir Neville Marriner

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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Sir Neville Marriner, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields on Mozart

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and Sir Neville Marriner discuss their recording of the five Mozart Violin Concertos and the Sinfonia Concertante K364 (AV 2317) performed with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields on the January 13, 2015 AVIE records CD. The album features the recording debut of violist Matthew Lipman.

On Tour

Rachel's Upcoming Performances


The Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation

The Rachel Elizabeth Barton (REB) Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was founded in 2001 to expand awareness of and appreciation for classical music. It provides services and funding for classical music education, research, performances, and artists, to benefit listeners and learners alike.

Acutely conscious of the financial challenges she faced pursuing her love of music in a financially-challenged household and grateful for the many people who helped her to realize her life purpose as a violinist, Pine created the REB Foundation. Since its inception, the REB Foundation has helped numerous talented young artists pursue their dreams through the loan of instruments and bows and through grants for costs not covered by traditional scholarships (including concert attire, strings, transportation to auditions and competitions, accompanist fees, and sheet music). The REB Foundation also supplies instruments and strings to aspiring musicians in Third World countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. It is also developing a curricular series entitled “The String Student’s Library of Music by Black Composers” in conjunction with the University of Michigan.

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Management & Public Relations

Artist Management

North America:
Melvin Kaplan, Inc.
Phone: (802) 658-2592
melvin@melkap.com (Mel Kaplan)
john@melkap.com (John Zion)

Worldwide, excluding North America
International Classical Artists
Claire Parker-Paphitis
Phone: +44 (0)20 7539 0631

Public Relations

Jane Covner / Allison Van Etten
Phone: 818-905-5511 / 323-449-5030
jcovner@jagpr.com / allison@ravenscroftpr.com


26 May

Photo shoot day! https://t.co/wMWbxR2qzO

23 May

RT @lafsymphonyorch: @RBPviolinist jammed with band & orchestra students at Jefferson H.S. this morning http://t.co/N7VPtRU5BC #heavymetal

22 May

It's 7am Chicago time. 100 Indiana teens are waiting for me to talk and play. Time to stop yawning!

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