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

At the National Gallery on Sunday, violinist Rachel Barton Pine aimed the spotlight not at her own dazzling technique but rather at the music in as astonishing and joyful a performance of all three sonatas and three partitas as I’ve ever heard.

The Washington Post on Pine’s performance of the complete solo violin sonatas and partitas by J.S. Bach

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

What Pine communicated was pure Bach, his pleasure in working out musical ideas, his architectural structures large and small and his reverence for both the struggle and the peace that music can offer. Her talks about each piece, consummate scholarship delivered with humor and modesty, was an additional ornament to her performance.

The Washington Post on Pine’s performance of the complete solo violin sonatas and partitas by J.S. Bach

Only an artist who has a truly distinctive view of the {Mendelssohn] will catch the ear amid all of the competing versions. Rachel Barton Pine is one such artist.... Pine brings the same elegance to Schumann’s Violin Concerto....

Gramophone

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

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

Classical Candor

A fabulous violinist.

American Record Guide

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

The New York Times

I’m not sure there’s a violinist anywhere right now with a deeper and more joyful sense for this music, the Mendelssohn in particular. This album is a pure pleasure.

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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)

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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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