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.

Guest violinist joins MSO to perform Shostakovich’s mournful strains

November 13, 2016

Herald Mail Media

Taking the stage in a sparkling, long, flowing gold dress, Rachel Barton Pine brought a different feel to The Maryland Theatre on Sunday.

Pine, a world-renowned violinist who was performing with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, was exposing the crowd to Dmitri Shostakovich, a Russian-born, 20th-century composer and pianist who led a difficult life under the Soviet government and was accused of writing inappropriate music.

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

July 4, 2016

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 Facebook).  Each day’s contest will be hosted on a single social media platform.

The contests begin on July 5, 2016 and end on July 10, 2016, with winners being announced by noon the following day.  July 11, 2016 will be a bonus contest day with no prize, but entries will count toward the Grand Prize which will be announced by noon on July 12, 2016.

Daily prizes will include autographed CDs and books.  One winner will be selected from all entrants in any of the daily contests to win a Grand Prize of two VIP Pavilion seats and the opportunity to meet Rachel backstage.

Entrants must be 18 or older (if you are younger than 18, please engage your parents) and be legal residents of the United States.  No purchase is necessary to enter or win.  To enter,

+ follow Rachel on the channel where the contest is being hosted (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook),

+ provide a relevant response, and

+ include #RBPJuly13 in your response.

Only one entry is allowed per person.  However, the participant with the entry having the most retweets (Twitter) or likes (Facebook or Instagram) will receive ten additional entries for both that day’s contest and for the Grand Prize.  If Rachel retweets or likes your entry, you will receive five additional entries for that day’s contest and for the Grand Prize.

See below for full contest rules.

We hope you enjoy the contests and look forward to seeing you at Millennium Park on July 13, 2016.




1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who are members of Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram (depending on the social media site connected to each day’s contest) on the day of the contest, who are followers of Rachel Barton Pine’s social media account hosting the daily contest, and who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. The Campaign is only open to legal residents of the United States, and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of RBP Music, LLC, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of RBP Music, LLC as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.

3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 10am CST and ending Monday, July 11, 2016 at 11:59pm CST, with each day hosting a daily contest on a different social media platform. All online entries must be received by 11:59pm CST on the day of the daily contest.

4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting a relevant response on the social media platform being used to host that day’s contest (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram).  All entries must include #RBPJuly13 to be considered valid. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of RBP Music, LLC. You may enter only once. You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, accounts, profiles, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of RBP Music, LLC.  If, in a daily contest, You have the entry with the most retweets (Twitter) or likes (Facebook or Instagram), you will receive ten (10) additional entries for both that day’s contest and for the Grand Prize drawing.  If Rachel Barton Pine retweets (Twitter) or likes (Facebook or Instagram) Your entry, you will receive (5) additional entries for both that day’s contest and for the Grand Prize drawing.

5. Prizes: The Winner(s) under the Campaign (the “Winner”) will receive Rachel Barton Pine CDs or books, valued at less than $50, and autographed by Rachel Barton Pine, with the Grand Prize winner receive two (2) VIP Pavilion Tickets to the Grant Park Music Festival on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago, IL, valued at less than $200, and the opportunity to meet Rachel Barton Pine backstage. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by RBP Music, LLC. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at RBP Music, LLC’s discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for RBP Music, LLC to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

7. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by a random drawing under the supervision of RBP Music, LLC. Winner will be notified by via social media within 24 hours following selection of Winner. RBP Music, LLC shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 3 days (for Winner of daily contests) or 6 hours from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER RBP MUSIC‘S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

8. Rights Granted by You: By entering this content (e.g., photo, video, text, etc.), You understand and agree that RBP Music, LLC, anyone acting on behalf of RBP Music, LLC, and RBP Music, LLC’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes. without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. By entering this content, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of RBP Music, LLC. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless RBP Music, LLC from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which RBP Music, LLC may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.

9. Terms & Conditions: RBP Music, LLC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond RBP Music, LLC’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, RBP Music, LLC may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by RBP Music, LLC. RBP Music, LLC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. RBP Music, LLC has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Campaign rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, RBP Music, LLC reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

10. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless RBP Music, LLC, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Campaign and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.

11. Disputes: THIS Campaign IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Campaign, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in the State of Illinois having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Campaign). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

12. Winners List: To obtain a copy of the Winner’s name or a copy of these Official Rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: RBP Music, LLC, 333 W Hubbard Street, Suite 901, Chicago, IL 60654, USA. Requests must be received no later than July 31, 2016.

13. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Other Social Networks: The Campaign is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to RBP Music, LLC and not to any other party.



Violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Rachel Barton Pine and Bach

April 28, 2016

Stay Thirsty Magazine

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Rachel Barton Pine and Bach
by Rachel Barton Pine

St. Pauls UCC: My Sacred Space for Bach

“You must practice Bach. It is the music of Gott!” Thus, I was regularly instructed by the elderly German ladies at St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Chicago, the church in which I was raised, during my earliest years as a violinist.

I was fortunate to grow up at St. Pauls, a church with a deep dedication to music. The church has been a spiritual home to opera singers and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Oratorios, cantatas, and other choral works of the great classical composers are often performed as part of the service, and the music of Bach is celebrated above all others. The sanctuary itself even features a stained glass window of Bach. I have vivid memories of spending Sunday mornings surrounded by the glorious sound of Bach’s Toccatas and Fugues on the organ.

Click here to read the entire article.

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.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine brings joy to Bach’s ‘Chaconne’

April 28, 2016

The Washington Post | by Joan Reinthaler

Violinists often take on a movement or two of a Bach sonata or partita to show off their chops. Unaccompanied, the violinist is out there alone to roll out harmonies and contrapuntal textures that you’d think would be impossible with a bow on a single stringed instrument. Usually, what is most impressive about such efforts is the athleticism and agility of the violinist. Who hasn’t wondered at the technique involved in a performance of the famous “Chaconne”?

Click here to read the entire review.

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.

Veracini’s Virtuoso Violin Sonatas

November 4, 2015

Classics Today | by David Vernier

In her personal comments included in this disc’s liner notes, violinist Rachel Barton Pine laments the fact that, although they used to be concert staples of great virtuosos of the past, “Veracini’s wonderful sonatas are no longer performed by today’s modern concert violinists.

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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.

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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.

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