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Rachel Barton Pine, violin


Rachel Barton PineIn 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 worldwide with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious in music-making.

Pine’s 2016-2017 season includes performances of concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Dvořák, Korngold, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schubert, Shostakovich, and Vivaldi with orchestras including the Columbus Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and West Virginia and Wichita symphony orchestras. In April 2016 she gave the world premiere of the Maneein Violin Concerto with the Phoenix Symphony, conducted by Tito Muñoz.

In May 2017 Avie Records released Pine’s performance of all 24 Paganini Caprices. Pine’s most recent album, Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach, charted at number one.

In 2016 Pine spent time with legendary Sir Neville Marriner to discuss their scheduled January 2017 recording of the Elgar and Bruch violin concertos with the BBC Symphony. The album will now be released as a tribute to the late conductor in January 2018. Pine and Sir Neville previously collaborated on Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which charted at number three on the Billboard classical charts in 2015.

Pine has appeared as a soloist with many of North America’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago, Montreal, Atlanta, San Diego, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Dallas symphonies; Buffalo and Rochester philharmonics; and the Philadelphia and Louisville orchestras. Overseas, she has performed with the Vienna, New Zealand, and Iceland symphonies; the Royal Scottish and Belgian National orchestras; the Mozarteum, Scottish, and Israel chamber orchestras; the Royal, Calgary, and Russian philharmonics; and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie.

Pine has worked with many renowned conductors, including Charles Dutoit, John Nelson, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Plácido Domingo, and Semyon Bychkov. She has collaborated with many contemporary composers, including Augusta Read Thomas, John Corigliano, Luis Jorge González, José Serebrier, and Mohammed Fairouz. She premiered Rush for solo violin by Thomas, as well as the Native Informant Sonata for Solo Violin and Al-Andalus Violin Concerto by Fairouz, and performed the Panamanian premiere of Roque Cordero’s 1962 Violin Concerto.

Her past festival appearances have included Marlboro, Wolf Trap, Vail, Ravinia, Davos, and Salzburg. Pine gave the world premieres of the last movement of Samuel Barber’s long-lost 1928 Violin Sonata in 2009 and a sonata fragment by Beethoven in 2005. She regularly gives single evening performances of all 24 Paganini Caprices, the six Bach sonatas and partitas, and the complete Brahms sonatas.

In 2009 Carl Fischer published The Rachel Barton Pine Collection, a collection of original compositions, arrangements, cadenzas, and editions penned or arranged by Pine, which made her the only living artist and the first woman to join great musicians like Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz in Carl Fischer’s Masters Collection series.

Pine has a prolific discography of 30 CDs on the Avie, Cedille, Warner Classics, and Dorian labels. Pine began an exploration of beloved violin concertos and the concertos that inspired them with Brahms and Joachim Violin Concertos recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Carlos Kalmar. Her Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic and conducted by José Serebrier, offered the world premiere recordiding of Clement’s D-Major Violin Concerto.

Her recording of Violin Lullabies with pianist Matthew Hagle debuted at number one on the Billboard classical chart. Pine’s recording of Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries shed light on four gifted musicians of African descent who made significant contributions to Western classical music, and was nominated for a National Public Radio Heritage Award.

Pine holds prizes from of the world’s leading competitions, including a gold medal at the 1992 J.S. Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig. Other top awards have come from the Queen Elisabeth (Brussels, 1993), Kreisler (Vienna, 1992), Szigeti (Budapest, 1992), and Montreal (1991) international violin competitions. She won additional accolades for her interpretation of the Paganini Caprices at both the Szigeti Competition and the 1993 Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa.

Her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation assists young artists through various projects, including the Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, Global HeartStrings (supporting musicians in developing countries), and a curricular series in development with the University of Michigan: Music by Black Composers.

Pine resides in Chicago. She performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesù (Cremona, 1742), known as the “ex-Bazzini, ex-Soldat,” on lifetime loan from her anonymous patron.


Be sure to hear Rachel’s 2017 Festival performances listed below

Saturday, July 22, 5pm
Rachel Barton Pine Violin Recital

Sunday, July 23, 6pm
Extraordinary Strings

Monday, July 24, 6pm
Extraordinary Strings