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 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. Audiences are thrilled by her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.
Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago, Montreal, Baltimore, and Vienna Symphonies; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Mozarteum, Scottish, and
Israel Chamber Orchestras; the Royal Philharmonic; and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi and Marin Alsop. She has performed all 24 Paganini Caprices live in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C. and at Ravinia.
Pine’s prolific discography of 25 recordings includes her performance of the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by José Serebrier, which is featured on Glazunov Complete Concertos on Warner Classics. Her Violin Lullabies performed with pianist Matthew Hagle and released on Cedille Records debuted at number one on the Billboard classical chart. For Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos, recorded with The Royal Philharmonic conducted by Serebrier, Pine presented the world-premiere recording of Clement’s Violin Concerto.Her Brahms and Joachim Violin Concertos was recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Carlos Kalmar.
The author of her own cadenzas to many of the works she performs, Pine became the only living artist to join musicians like Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz in Carl Fischer’s Masters Collection series with the publication of The Rachel Barton Pine Collection, a collection of original compositions, arrangements, and cadenzas penned or arranged by Pine.
Pine’s Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation assists young artists through 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: The String Student’s Library of Music by Black Composers.
Pine resides in Chicago. She performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the “ex-Soldat,” on loan from her patron.