|Rachel Barton Pine
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Web site: http://rachelbartonpine.com
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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
In both life and art, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary gift for connecting with her audiences. She has received worldwide acclaim for her virtuosic technical mastery, lustrous tone and perceptive performances. Her passion for research allows her to bring emotionally charged, historically-informed interpretations to her diverse repertoire, and her work as a philanthropist continues to inspire the next generation of artists and concert-goers.
Highlights of her 2009-2010 season include her Japan and New York City recital debuts, as well as performances with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Turku Philharmonic (her Finland debut), and the Göttingen, Vancouver, Sacramento and Syracuse Symphonies. These concerts include concertos by Brahms, Bruch, Chausson, Cordero, Glazunov, Khachaturian, Korngold, Mendelssohn, Paganini, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Schumann and Sibelius. She will also appear as a guest artist with the Newberry Consort and the Avalon String Quartet and perform at the Montreal and El Paso Chamber Music Festivals.
A dedicated chamber musician, Pine performs regularly with John Mark Rozendaal and David Schrader as part of the period instrument ensemble Trio Settecento. On September 29th, Cedille Records released Trio Settecento's new album, A German Bouquet, a selection of German Baroque era works with popular pieces by Bach and Buxtehude as well as rarely heard repertoire by artists including Johann Schop, Georg Muffat and Johann Georg Pisendel. Featuring Pine on baroque violin, Rozendaal on viola da gamba and ?cello and Schrader on harpsichord and organ, A German Bouquet follows up the group's highly successful An Italian Sojourn in 2007. The trio will continue to explore the character and complexion of Baroque music as it developed in various regions of Europe in future albums focusing on music from France and the British Isles. Upcoming Trio Settecento concerts include appearances at Columbia University in New York City and the University of Vermont in Burlington.
Pine often performs with the New York's Jupiter Chamber Players. In recital she has performed the complete Paganini Caprices and the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas (each cycle in a single evening). She frequently collaborates with living composers; Augusta Read Thomas has written a number of violin works for Pine and she was the second violinist to play John Corigliano's entire Red Violin Concerto, working closely with him on the interpretation.
Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world's most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Montreal, Atlanta and Baltimore Symphonies; Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonics; and the Philadelphia and Louisville Orchestras. Overseas, she has performed with the Vienna, New Zealand, and Budapest Symphonies; the Royal Scottish National, Belgian National, Mozarteum Chamber, Scottish Chamber and Israel Chamber Orchestras; and the Royal Philharmonic. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop and Placido Domingo and has collaborated with such leading artists as Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, William Warfield and Mark O'Connor. Her festival appearances have included Marlboro, Ravinia and Salzburg. She recently played for the President of Ghana and the President of Singapore as well as for the Justices at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pine has earned critical acclaim for her prolific discography. In May 2010, Pine will release Capricho Latino, a collection of unaccompanied virtuoso pieces from Spain and Latin America, her 12th release on the Cedille label. For Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos, released in 2008 on the Cedille label, Pine performs a centerpiece of the violin repertoire, the Beethoven Concerto, as well as the world premiere recording of Clement's D Major Violin Concerto, unearthed from 200 years of obscurity. The album was recorded with The Royal Philharmonic conducted by José Serebrier. Her American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell, features rarely-heard Victorian-era gems arranged by America's first internationally acclaimed violinist. Her 2005 album Scottish Fantasies for Violin and Orchestra features Pine with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conductor Alexander Platt and famed Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser performing evocative works based on traditional Scottish melodies. Her Solo Baroque album highlights two of Bach's masterpieces for unaccompanied violin and their predecessors. An album of Brahms and Joachim Concertos in collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Carlos Kalmar features performances of both Joachim's and Pine's own cadenzas for the Brahms Concerto and was nominated for a 2004 GRAMMY Award as "Best Engineered Album, Classical." Previous acclaimed recordings on the Cedille label include Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries, nominated for a National Public Radio (NPR) Heritage Award; the complete Handel Sonatas for Violin and Continuo; 20th-century duos on Double Play; and an album of virtuoso pieces entitled Instrument of the Devil. In June 1994, Pine released her much-heralded debut recording Homage to Sarasate with pianist Samuel Sanders on the Dorian label.
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. She was the first American and, at age 17, the youngest person to ever win this honor. Other top awards came from the Queen Elisabeth (Brussels, 1993), Kreisler (Vienna, 1992), Szigeti (Budapest, 1992) and Montreal (1991) International Violin Competitions. She won prizes for her interpretation of the Paganini Caprices at both the Szigeti Competition and the 1993 Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa.
Pine writes her own cadenzas to many of the works she performs including concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Paganini. In September of 2009, Carl Fischer published The Rachel Barton Pine Collection, a collection of original compositions, arrangements, cadenzas and editions penned or arranged by Pine, which earned her the distinction of being the only living artist and first woman in Carl Fischer's Masters Collection series. Pine is also Music Advisor and Editor of Maud Powell Favorites, the first and only published compilation of Powell's transcriptions, Powell's cadenza for the Brahms Violin Concerto, and the music dedicated to, commissioned by, or closely associated with Powell.
Pine is committed to encouraging the next generation to experience the transformative power of the arts. She is President of the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, which assists young artists through various projects including the Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, Global HeartStrings (supporting classical musicians in developing countries), and a curricular series developed in conjunction with the University of Michigan: The String Students' Library of Music by Black Composers. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Music Institute of Chicago, which recently named the "Rachel Barton Pine Violin Chair" in her honor. Since 1997, she has been an instructor at Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Camp and often coaches chamber music and youth orchestras, gives master classes and adjudicates music competitions. She works to expand awareness of and appreciation for classical music through special programs for children and spoken program notes or pre-concert conversations. She often reaches out to new audiences through performances in rock clubs and on rock music radio stations, and also maintains a weekly blog, podcast, and video channel which may be accessed through her website www.rachelbartonpine.com. In 2007, she received the prestigious Studs Terkel Humanities Service Awards for her work in music education.
Pine was a torchbearer in the 1996 Olympic torch relay and appeared as soloist for the opening ceremonies of the Para-Olympic Games in Atlanta. She performed her own arrangement of the national anthem at 1995 and 1996 Chicago Bulls playoff games, and at the 1996 Democratic National Convention. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, appeared five times on NBC's Today, and frequently been a guest on nationally-syndicated radio shows including Performance Today, Saint Paul Sunday and From the Top.
A Chicago native, Pine began violin studies at age three and made her professional debut four years later at age seven with the Chicago String Ensemble. Her earliest appearances with the Chicago Symphony (at ages ten and fifteen) were broadcast on television. Her principal teachers were Roland and Almita Vamos and she has also studied with Ruben Gonzalez, Werner Scholz, Elmira Darvarova and several specialists in early music performance practice. Pine resides in Chicago with her husband. She performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the "ex-Soldat," on generous loan from her patron.
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