Rachel Barton Pine

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In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classic 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, thrilling audiences worldwide with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making. Pine’s 2019-20 season includes a two-week residency with the Singapore Symphony, as well as performances with the Royal Scottish National and Seattle Baroque Orchestras, the Madison Symphony, and the Tel Aviv Soloists. In recital, she will appear as part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series.

Pine and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour will be presented by the National Gallery in Washington D.C., the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City, Early Music Columbus, and the San Diego Music Society in support of their recent recording, Six Sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach (Cedille).

Her new recording of the Dvořák and Khachaturian Violin Concertos (Avie, November, 2019) with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Teddy Abrams highlights the influence of each composer’s local ethnic music – Dvořák by Czech folk music and Khachaturian by Armenian folk and other music of the Caucasus.

Pine has appeared as a soloist with many prestigious ensembles including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Iceland, Montreal, New Zealand, San Diego, St. Louis and Vienna Symphonies; the Buffalo, Calgary, Rochester and Royal Philharmonics; the Louisville and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Royal Scottish Philharmonic, the Belgian and Russian National Orchestras; and the Israel, Mozarteum and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. She has worked with many renowned conductors including Marin Alsop, Zubin Mehta, Neeme Järvi, Placido Domingo, Semyon Bychkov, John Nelson, and Erich Leinsdorf, and with prestigious collaborators including Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, and William Warfield.

Among numerous contemporary composers with whom she has collaborated are David Chesky, Billy Childs, John Corigliano, Joe Deninzon, Mohammed Fairouz, Luis Jorge González, Earl Maneein, Daniel Bernard Roumain, José Serebrier, and Augusta Read Thomas. She has premiered concertos written for her by Fairouz, Maneein, and the Canadian composer Marcus Goddard, and performed the Panamanian premiere of Roque Cordero’s 1962 Violin Concerto. She also gave the world premiere of the last movement of Samuel Barber’s long-lost 1928 Violin Sonata, as well as of a sonata fragment by Beethoven in 2005.

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

Find out more about Rachel at https://rachelbartonpine.com/