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

January 3, 2019

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. 

Strings Magazine Features the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation’s Music by Black Composers Inititiative

November 5, 2018

“Under the banner ‘Music by Black Composers,’ Pine plans to highlight more than three centuries of music by composers of African descent that has been largely forgotten or sidelined from modern concert stages.”

Rachel goes in depth about Music by Black Composers and also Blues Dialogues in a four page feature in Strings November feature.

Read the feature here (.pdf).

Rachel Barton Pine and Matthew Hagle Appear on Performance Today – with a Very Special Guest

October 18, 2018

Rachel and Matthew Hagle were delighted to return to Performance Today to play music from their new album Blues Dialogues on Cedille Records.

Then Rachel and her six-year-old daughter, Sylvia, performed a selection from “Balada” by Francesca “Chiquinha” Gonzaga featured in The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation’s Music by Black Composers Violin Volume I sheet music book. It was Sylvia’s radio debut!

Pine also spoke with Fred about The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Coloring Book of Black Composers, featuring 40 prominent Black composers throughout history, drawn by Sho-mei Pelletier.

Print-at-home pages are available here.

The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation’s Music by Black Composers sheet music book Violin Volume I features 22 works for violin and piano or violin duet by 17 Black composers spanning from 1767 to 2014 representing the United States, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Ghana, Nigeria, Switzerland, France, and England. Violin Volume I is the equivalent skill set of a Suzuki book one or two.

The full series will enable everyone from beginners through Mendelssohn-Concerto level to include works by Black composers in their studies. Additional orchestral instruments will be covered in future volumes.

Performance Today, is the most listened-to daily classical music radio program in the United States, with 1.2 million listeners on 237 stations.

Landmark Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Projects Celebrate the Discovery of More Than 350 Black Classical Composers and Their 900+ Works

February 1, 2018

Can you name three Black classical composers?  Violinist Rachel Barton Pine can name 350 who have composed more than 900 works.

This October 19, her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation’s “Music by Black Composers” shows the world #BlackisClassical through the release of three landmark projects:

MBC Violin Volume I, the first in a series of pedagogical books of sheet music exclusively by Black classical composers featuring 22 works for violin from 1767 to 2014. The series enables everyone from beginners through Mendelssohn-Concerto level to include works by Black composers in their studies. Additional orchestral instruments will be covered in future volumes.  

Rachel Barton Pine talks about Mozart

March 3, 2017

Virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine will perform Mozart’s “Turkish Violin Concerto No. 5” with the Pasadena Symphony on March 18. She answers questions about the piece.

Click here to read the entire review in the Pasadena Star News.

Barton Pine foundation given Stradivarius violin

April 28, 2016

Chicago Tribune | by John von Rhein

The Chicago-based Rachel Barton Pine Foundation has acquired a historic Stradivarius violin dating from 1732.

The instrument, known to rare violin fanciers as the “Arkwright Lady Rebecca Sylvan” Stradivarius, was donated by its current owner, Joseph Sylvan, a violinist, pedagogue and former music professor at New Mexico State University, according to a statement by Chicago violinist Rachel Barton Pine, the foundation’s founder and president.

Click here to read the entire feature.

From poverty to prodigy: star violinist turns to other musicians in need

April 28, 2016

PBS | Interview with Jeffrey Brown

It was an unlikely setting for a classical music performance: a homeless shelter, the Community for Creative Non-Violence, in the shadow of the nation’s capital, where concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine played a special engagement for the residents.

There was music from many eras and styles. Along the way, Pine offered bits of musical history.

To Watch the Piece, please visit PBS by clicking here.

Living the Classical Life | Episode 30: Rachel Barton Pine

April 15, 2016

Living the Classical Life

“Nervousness is a threat to the self — but if it’s not about the self, there is no threat to it.”

Award-winning violin soloist, recording artist, and born motivational speaker Rachel Barton Pine has appeared regularly with the world’s major orchestra’s ever since her first appearance with the Chicago Symphony at age ten. Embodying her message of hope and passionate living, her appearance on Living the Classical Life begins with a performance of J.S. Bach’s D Minor Partita and continues with a discussion about the art of practicing, overcoming adversity and motivational slumps, and the pursuit of all corners of the musical life.

Click here to read the entire article and watch the video.

Violinist cheats death, fulfills destiny

April 13, 2016

CNN | by Jennifer Grubb

That’s what I got while listening to violinist Rachel Barton Pine perform with the Santa Rosa Symphony in California.
There’s no doubt my reaction was largely based on her incredible talent and the way in which she commanded the stage with her passion, but I was also touched by the interview I had with her earlier.
Barton Pine’s positive outlook and her bubbly personality make it hard to believe she ever encountered anything negative in her life. But she certainly has.

Click here to read the entire article and watch the video.

A Voyage of Discovery: Rachel Barton Pine found her perfect match with a late Guarneri violin

June 28, 2015


Violinist Rachel Barton Pine recently released her 24th album, Mozart’s Complete Violin Concertos and the Sinfonia Concertante, K364 (Avie). Beyond her career as a popular performer, Pine is an enthusiastic student of the violin, regularly attending the annual conference of the American String Teachers Association, taking notes and asking insightful questions.

Click here to read the entire review.

Rachel Barton Pine’s Global HeartStrings Heading to Haiti

April 15, 2015

Strings | by Stephanie Powell

Global HeartStrings, one of three programs under violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s foundation, will be sending a donation of instruments, strings, bows, music stands, rosin, reeds, and method books to Haiti for aspiring musicians.

Click here to read the entire review.

Interview with Rachel Barton Pine: Bargemusic and Works for Unaccompanied Violin

December 1, 2010 | by Laurie Niles

Rachel Barton Pine has a passion for unaccompanied violin works: not only has she commissioned such works from living composers, but she also has trekked across the globe to procure a collection of more than 1,000 works for unaccompanied violin.

Click here to read the entire interview.

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