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 historically-informed interpretations to her diverse repertoire, and her work as a philanthropist continues to inspire the next generation of artists.
Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras, including the Chicago, Montreal, Atlanta and Baltimore Symphonies; Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonics; and the Philadelphia and Louisville Orchestras. Overseas, she has performed with the Vienna, New Zealand, Iceland and Budapest Symphonies; Mozarteum, Scottish, and Israel Chamber Orchestras; and Belgian National Orchestra 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. Her festival appearances have included Marlboro, Ravinia, Montreal and Salzburg and she performs regularly with New York's Jupiter Chamber Players.
Pine holds prizes from several leading competitions, including a gold medal at the 1992 J. S. Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig, Germany, making her the first American and, at age 17, the youngest performer to 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 the prize for interpretation of the Paganini Caprices at both the 1993 Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa and the Szigeti Competition.
"One of the rare mainstream performers with a total grasp of Baroque style and embellishment" (Fanfare) and "a most accomplished Baroque violinist, fully the equal of the foremost specialists" (Gramophone), Pine has been involved in historically-informed performances of early music since age 14. As a performer on baroque violin, renaissance violin, viola d'amore and rebec, she has collaborated with leading artists including David Douglass, Elizabeth Wright, Luc Beausejour, Marilyn McDonald and Gesa Kordes and has worked with groups including Ars Antigua, the Newberry Consort (in Chicago and at the Madison Early Music Festival), Baroque Band, Callipygian Players, Temple of Apollo and the Chicago Baroque Ensemble. Her baroque violin performances include the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro Music (the festival's first ever baroque violin performance), St. Paul Sunday, Live from WFMT and Oberlin Conservatory. Pine was recently named to the Board of Directors of Early Music America.
In 1997, Pine formed Trio Settecento with 'cellist/ viola da gambist John Mark Rozendaal and keyboardist David Schrader. The Trio has released three critically acclaimed albums on the Cedille label: Handel Sonatas for Violin and Continuo, An Italian Sojourn and A German Bouquet. Future recordings for Cedille will explore French and British repertoire. Trio Settecento has performed period-instrument recitals of baroque and classical repertoire throughout the U.S., including their New York debut at the Frick Collection in 2006 and their debut at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2007. The Trio's 2009 appearances included appearances at Columbia University in New York City and the University of Vermont in Burlington.
Pine's prolific discography includes Solo Baroque, an album of unaccompanied German music by Biber, Westhoff, Pisendel, and Bach, Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos, recorded with The Royal Philharmonic conducted by José Serebrier; American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell, with pianist Matthew Hagle; Scottish Fantasies for Violin and Orchestra, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Brahms & Joachim Violin Concertos with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Pine writes her own cadenzas and often performs her own arrangements. With The Rachel Barton Pine Collection of Original Compositions, Arrangements, Cadenzas and Editions, she became the first living composer and only female to be part of Carl Fischer's "Masters Collection" series. She is Music Advisor and Editor of Maud Powell Favorites, the first published compilation of transcriptions, cadenzas and music closely associated with Powell.
Pine is committed to encouraging the next generation. Her Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation assists young artists through various projects including the Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, Global HeartStrings and The String Student's Library of Music by Black Composers.
"Pine delivers one of the most appealing baroque violin tones I've ever heard. . . . She shows extraordinary mastery of ornamentation and obviously has worked out the most subtle expressive mannerisms with great care." (ClassicsToday.com)
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