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Rachel Barton Pine

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“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


Heralded as a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, international concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine thrills audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and emotional honesty. With an infectious joy in music-making and a passion for connecting historical research to performance, Pine transforms audiences’ experiences of classical music.

The 2017-18 season includes performances with the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Tel Aviv Soloists, the Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, the Eugene Symphony, and Symphony Nova Scotia. Pine will offer the world premiere of Marcus Goddard’s Violin Concerto with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and she will play in recital for the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club in Montreal and Early Music Seattle.

Pine has dedicated her February 2018 Avie recording of the Elgar and Bruch violin concertos, recorded with the BBC Symphony and Maestro Andrew Litton, to Sir Neville Marriner, who was originally scheduled for the project.  Pine and Sir Neville’s Mozart: Complete Violin Concerto, Sinfonia Concertantewith the Academy of St Martin in the Fields hit number three on the Billboard Classical chart.  Her Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann SebastianBach(Avie, 2016) and Violin Lullabies (Cedille, 2013) both charted at number one, and herBel Canto Paganini: 24 Caprices and other works for solo violin(Avie, 2017) charted at number four.

Over the course of a career that began with her debut at the age of 10 with the Chicago Symphony, Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s other most prestigious ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Baltmore Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. Her festival appearances have included Marlboro, Wolf Trap, Ravinia, Davos, and Salzburg, and she has worked with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi, and Marin Alsop. She has collaborated with many contemporary composers, including Augusta Read Thomas, John Corigliano, José Serebrier, and Mohammed Fairouz.

Pine has a prolific discography of 36 CDs on the Avie, Cedille, Warner Classics, and Dorian labels. She recorded Brahms and Joachim Violin Concertoswith the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlos Kalmar conducting. Her Beethoven & Clement Violin Concerto, with the Royal Philharmonic and conductor José Serebrier featured the world premiere recording of Clement’s D Major Violin Concerto.

Unlike most contemporary violinists, Pine writes her own cadenzas to many of the works she performs.  With the publication ofThe Rachel Barton Pine Collection, Pine became the only living artist and first woman to join great musicians like Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz in Carl Fischer’s Masters Collection series.


The winner of several of the world’s leading competitions, Pine was the youngest gold medal-winner ever at the J.S. Bach International Violin Competition. 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 titled: Music by Black Composers.

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

August 2017 – Please do not edit without permission.