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


2009 – World premiere of the last movement of Samuel Barber’s lost 1928 Violin Sonata, at the Festival de Musique de Chambre de Montreal

2007 – Performance for the President of Ghana to celebrate Ghana’s 50th anniversary of independence

2005 – World premiere of a sonata fragment by Beethoven, on nationally-syndicated radio

2005 – Performance, Annual Musicale, Supreme Court of the United States

1997 – National Anthem, Chicago Cubs Inauguration of Interleague Play

1997 – Performance, Inaugural Dinner for Cardinal Francis George

1996 – Torchbearer, Olympic Torch Relay

1996 – Soloist with the Atlanta Symphony for the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games

1996 – National Anthem, Democratic National Convention

1995 – National Anthem, Chicago Bulls playoff game

1983 – Performance, the Vatican for Pope John Paul II

1985 – First performances as soloist with Chicago Symphony

1982 – Debut as soloist with orchestra, Chicago String Ensemble


2014 – Helps to accept a posthumous Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award on behalf of Maud Powell, the first internationally-acclaimed American violinist, after successfully campaigning the Recording Academy on Powell’s behalf

2013 – Violin Lullabies debuts at #1 on the Billboard Classical chart

2012 – Becomes the only living artist and first woman to join legendary musicians Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz as part of Carl Fischer’s Masters Collection Series, with publication of her compositions and arrangements in the Rachel Barton Pine Collection

2009 – Music advisor and editor of Maud Powell Favorites, the only published compilation of music dedicated to, commissioned by, or closely associated with the first native-born American violinist to achieve international recognition

2007 – Top Ten Classical Concerts of 2007, La Presse and Le Devoir (for performance of the Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas at the Festival de Musique de Chambre de Montreal)

2002 – Music Institute of Chicago names Rachel Barton Pine Violin Chair – currently held by Almita and Roland Vamos


  • Life Trustee, Board of Trustees, Music Institute of Chicago
  • Member, Classical Music Committee, Chicago Chapter, Board of Governors, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Chicago Classical Recording Foundation
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Sphinx Organization
  • Member, Advisory Board, Maud Powell Society for Music and Education
  • Member, Board of Directors, Early Music America
  • Member, Artistic Advisory Board, International Music Foundation

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