About Rachel

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED CONCERT VIOLINIST, RECORDING ARTIST, EDUCATOR AND PHILANTHROPIST

AWARDS AND HONORS (SELECTED)

2010 – Winner, Great Performer of Illinois Award

2006 – Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award, Illinois Humanities Council

2006 – Inducted as Honorary Member, National Association of Negro Musicians

2002 – Nominee, Peabody Award (for radio performance featuring works of living composers)

1999 – Chicagoan of the Year, Chicago Tribune

1998 – Nominee, National Public Radio Heritage Award (for Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries album)

1997 – Classical Hall of Fame, Fanfare magazine

1996 – Second Prize, Stulberg National String Competition

1995 – Chicagoan of the Year, Chicago Magazine

1993 – Paganini Caprice Prize, Paganini International Violin Competition, Genoa, Italy

1993 – Bronze Medal, Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, Brussels, Belgium

1992 – Gold Medal, J.S. Bach International Violin Competition, Leipzig, Germany (first American and youngest winner)

1992 – Second Prize, Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition, Vienna

1992 – Second Prize and Paganini Caprice Prize, Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition, Budapest

1990 – First Prize, Society of American Musicians Music Contest, Young Artist Division

1989 – First Prize, Seventeen Magazine and General Motors National Concerto Competition

1985 – First Prize, Chicago Symphony Orchestra/ Illinois Bell/ WTTW Illinois Young Performers Competition

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The violin on which Rachel plays is known as the “ex-Bazzini ex-Soldat.”  It was made in 1742 by Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu.” It is on lifetime loan to her by an anonymous patron.

Guarneri and Stradivari are considered to be the two greatest violin makers of all time. “Del Gesu” violins have been the preferred instruments of many famous violinists including Paganini, Ysaye, Kreisler, Heifetz, Stern, and Zukerman. Many of these violins have special histories, and this instrument is no exception.

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

– The Washington Post –

“Striking and charismatic…she demonstrated a bravura technique and soulful musicianship.”

– The New York Times –

In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classic and contemporary works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction, thrilling audiences worldwide with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making. 

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Press Quotes

This is reach-out-and-touch-it sound that is sure to please any music lover or audiophile. [Capricho Latino]

Classical Candor

The collection starts with the Violin Concerto, beautifully played by Rachel Barton Pine, with the Russian National Orchestra playing with fine clarity and attack. The purity of Pine's playing in stratospheric regions is a delight and the galloping rhythms of the finale are infectiously exhilarating...

Gramophone on Glazunov Violin Concerto and Meditation

No less than spectacular.

The Strad

For violinist Rachel Barton Pine, being sensational is normal - she’s arguably one of the greatest violinists performing today. Paganini couldn’t have played it better.

The Gazette (Colorado Springs)

Pine is a class-act with steady tone and an aptitude for dynamic variation. She achieves this without disturbing the even production of her silver thread which has a very agreeable viola-accented sepia overtone. Her con slancio death-defying double-stopping in III is done with every appearance of ease. It sounds terrifying yet is totally fluent and utterly and intricately secure like a divine music-box – not machine-like. Her tone is not platinum bleached but instead is fragrant with conifer resin.

Arkiv Music on Glazunov Violin Concerto and Meditation

Pine is an extraordinary violinist. She played [the concerto] with astonishing ease, bringing a burnished tone and pristine articulation and intonation to the most furious passages. Pine played expressively, freely and, in all cases, appropriately. Pine's rhythmic and metric flex and dynamic and coloristic shadings contributed the emotional investment that late-Romantic music in general and this piece in particular demand.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

[Pine] has a musicality and superb technique that would be the envy of most soloists.

The New Zealand Herald

The excellent soloists here all deliver everything they can - particularly Rachel Barton Pine in the winsome Violin Concerto and the short Meditation

Classic FM on Glazunov Violin Concerto and Meditation

Wow! Just amazing. You have to hear this [Capricho Latino]… There are few more interesting violinists on the worldwide scene than Rachel Barton Pine; she is continuously giving us interesting and well-researched and thought-out concept albums that stimulate the imagination, reinvigorate the ears, and put wrinkles in the brain with their intellectual depth.

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Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto 1st movement

Rachel Barton Pine performs the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Maestro David Handel and the Moscow City Symphony “Russian Philharmonic” in Moscow, March 2, 2011.

Ravel Violin Sonata 2nd and 3rd movements

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and pianist Matthew Hagle perform the second and third movements of Maurice Ravel’s Violin Sonata for the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club Concerts in Montreal, February 27, 2011.

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, 2nd movement

Rachel Barton Pine performs the second movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, KV219, with Maestro Ron Spigelman and the Springfield Symphony of Missouri, February 5, 2011.

Ravel Tzigane

Rachel Barton Pine performs Tzigane by Maurice Ravel with Maestro Ron Spigelman and the Springfield Symphony of Missouri, February 5, 2011.

Paganini Caprice No. 24

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs Paganini Caprice No. 24 for Music and Beyond in Ottawa on July 12, 2012

Sibelius Violin Concerto 3rd movement

Rachel Barton Pine performs the third movement of the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius with Maestro Robert Franz and the Boise Philharmonic on September 29, 2012.

Capricho Latino

Albéniz, arr. Pine: Asturias (Leyenda)

News

Rachel Barton Pine Appears on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered

View the interview at the NPR website. National Public Radio interviewed Rachel about her latest album, Blues Dialogues, as well as The Rachel Barton Pine’s Foundation Music by Black Composers Violin Volume I sheet music book and The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Coloring Book of Black Composers.  The piece airs on “All Things Considered” on Friday, December 28. 

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New violin concerto from Mohammed Fairouz

Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz previously wrote a violin sonata inspired by the Arab Spring for Rachel Barton Pine and has now written a large-scale violin concerto for her. The work premiered with the Alabama Symphony under the direction of Fawzi Haimor and is generally available in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons. 

Recital tour with Simone Dinnerstein

Rachel Barton Pine joins pianist Simone Dinnerstein in recital during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 season.  The duo will perform a program built around Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata, along with repertoire by Bach, Bartok, and Philip Lasser. 

Complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas

Hailed as the zenith of solo violin repertoire, Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas are divided between back-to-back programs that are performed and interspersed with works by composers who lived just before Bach and influenced his compositions.

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PODCAST: Violin Adventures with Rachel Barton Pine

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