Rachel Barton Pine
“An exciting, boundary-defying performer – Pine displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon.” — The Washington Post
“Only an artist who has a truly distinctive view of the work [Mendelssohn violin concerto] will catch the ear amid all of the competing versions. Rachel Barton Pine is one such artist. She brings to the Mendelssohn concerto a simplicity of expression that compels the listener to sit up and take notice.” — Gramophone
“A greatly gifted young violinist…her sound was rich and commanding.” — The New York Times
“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
“Rachel Barton Pine really may be the most charismatic, the most virtuosic, and the most compelling American violinist of her generation.” — All Music Guide
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 worldwide with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.
Pine’s 2016-2017 season includes performances of concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorak, Korngold, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schubert, Shostakovich and Vivaldi, with orchestras including the Columbus Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the West Virginia and Wichita Symphony Orchestras. In April 2017 she will offer the world premiere of the Maneein Violin Concerto with the Phoenix Symphony, conducted by Tito Muñoz.
In May 2017 Avie Records will release 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 (Avie, 2016) charted at number one.
In August 2016, Pine spent time with the 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 late conductor in January 2018 on Avie. 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, Placido 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, and 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 offered 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.
Pine 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 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 recording 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 several of the world’s leading competitions, including a gold medal at the 1992 J.S. Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig, Germany. 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 Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the “ex-Bazzini, ex-Soldat” on lifetime loan from her anonymous patron.