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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COMING SOON!

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In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical 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 across an extensive repertoire, thrilling audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.

“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

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Press Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

A fabulous violinist.

American Record Guide

Pine is superb in both concertos [Beethoven & Clement], combining a sensitive understanding of contemporary performance practice with flawless technique and glorious tone; she also wrote the excellent cadenzas.

The Whole Note

prodigious talent with obvious personality and a clear-eyed vision. Her technical skills can make the jaw drop. She has a full, singing sweet tone and plays with a confidence and elan that make an audience's heart soar.

Chicago Sun-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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Daily Contests Begin July 5 to Celebrate Rachel’s Upcoming Millennium Park Appearance

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Rachel will be returning to Millennium Park to perform Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Michal Nesterowicz.  Lawn seating is free.  Pavilion seats start at $25. To celebrate, Rachel will be holding daily contests on her different social media channels (Twitter, Instagram, and … Read More »

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Featured Recordings

Testament: Complete Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin by J. S. Bach

Best-selling violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s relationship with the music of Bach runs deep. She first heard and fell in love with Bach’s music in her hometown St. Paul’s Church in Chicago, which had a stained glass window of the composer in the sanctuary. That church is where Rachel first played Bach’s music, at the age ... Read More »

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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.

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Violin Lullabies

Classical lullabies of the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as those on Violin Lullabies, were inspired by traditional songs that mothers sang to lull their infants to sleep.

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Capricho Latino

Spicy Spanish and Latin American music for unaccompanied violin, from Piazzola to Albeniz. Also includes Ysaye's Sonata No. 6 and Ferdinand the Bull narrated by Hector Elizondo.

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American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell

Beautiful Victorian-era pieces arranged by and dedicated to America’s first internationally renowned violinist, Maud Powell

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Solo Baroque

Music for unaccompanied violin by Bach and his predecessors – includes Bach’s Chaconne and Biber’s Passacaglia

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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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