Violin

Rachel Barton Pine


"Rachel Barton Pine really may be the most charismatic, the most virtuosic, and the most compelling American violinist of her generation." - All Music Guide


Rachel Barton Pine made her orchestral debut at the age of 7, performing the Haydn Violin Concerto in G Major with the Chicago String Ensemble. Ten years later she became the first American to win the coveted gold medal in the J.S. Bach International Competition in Leipzig. She has since gone on to perform with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, working with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop and John Nelson.

Rachel Barton Pine and John Nelson in Costa Rica

30 May 2014

Following on from a previous successful partnership in South America - Rachel Barton Pine is back again to collaborate with John Nelson in Costa Rica. Rachel will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto...

Rachel Barton Pine receives critical praise for her latest release

21 Feb 2014

Rachel Barton Pine’s latest recording, a disc of Mendelssohn’s Violin concerto in E minor, Schumann’s Violin concerto and Beethoven’s Romances Nos1 and 2 – has received...

Rachel Barton Pine and Sir Neville Marriner collaborate for Mozart recording

09 Sep 2013

Rachel Barton Pine and Sir Neville Marriner joined forces with the Orchestra of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields to record the complete Mozart Violin concerti. Read more...

Glowing reviews for Rachel Barton Pine at Ravinia Festival

21 Aug 2013

Rachel Barton Pine completed her two night Paganini extravanganza, performing the complete 24 Carprices in full two nights in a row at the Ravinia Festival over the weekend.

Rachel Barton Pine performs complete Paganini Caprices at Ravinia Festival

13 Aug 2013

Rachel Barton Pine will perform Paganini’s complete 24 Caprices for Solo Violin in one evening for two nights in a row at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival on 17 and 18 August 2013.  These...

Rachel Barton Pine reaches No.2 in the US iTunes Classical Chart and No.1 on Amazon Classical chart on first day of release!

03 May 2013

Congratulations to Rachel Barton Pine on the success of her latest CD, Violin Lullabies. Click to read more...

Rachel Barton Pine makes her debut with Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne

24 Jan 2013

Rachel Barton Pine will perform music with a Celtic theme when she makes her debut in Rennes on 20 and 21 March alongside conductor Grant Llewellyn.

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ICA welcomes Rachel Barton Pine

08 Oct 2012

ICA is delighted to announce that American Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has joined its roster of artists for general management (excluding North America). A child prodigy, Rachel made...

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“The performance of Brahms's Violin Concerto was one of the finest I have heard live; it was keenly involving in that soloist, conductor and orchestra were of one mind.... Pine’s tone was superb, filling Cadogan Hall with a richness that made all the difference”

Classical Source - Nov 2011

“Few can play as beautifully as Barton … the commanding ease at which she applied fingers and horsehair to the breathless roulades and passage work was enough to put the crowd in her thrall, as if they weren't fans already.”

Chicago Tribune

“One of the most impressive examples of violin playing I've ever witnessed.”

Iceland Morgunbladed

“[Pine] has a musicality and superb technique that would be the envy of most soloists.”

The New Zealand Herald

“Her technique is awesome, surpassed only by her musicality – a stunning performance.”

Illinois Times

“No less than spectacular.”

The Strad

“Barton is the real thing, a prodigious talent with obvious personality and a clear-eyed vision. Her technical skills can make the jaw drop. She has a full, singing sweet tone and plays with a confidence and elan that make an audience's heart soar.”

Chicago Sun-Times

“Pine is an extraordinary violinist. She played [the concerto] with astonishing ease, bringing a burnished tone and pristine articulation and intonation to the most furious passages. Pine played expressively, freely and, in all cases, appropriately. Pine's rhythmic and metric flex and dynamic and coloristic shadings contributed the emotional investment that late-Romantic music in general and this piece in particular demand.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Rachel Barton Pine really may be the most charismatic, the most virtuosic, and the most compelling American violinist of her generation.”

All Music Guide

“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

“A greatly gifted young violinist…her sound was rich and commanding.”

The New York Times

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 In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine [www.rachelbartonpine.com] has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a great interpreter of classical works, her performances portray her innate gift for emotional communication whilst combining a powerful display of her flawless technique, lustrous tone and infectious joy in music-making.


Rachel Barton Pine has performed with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including Chicago, Montreal, Vienna, Iceland, Bournemouth and New Zealand Symphonies; the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Scottish and Israel Chamber Orchestras, the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie and at the Salzburg Festival. She has worked with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Neeme Jrvi, Marin Alsop, Erich Leinsdorf and John Nelson.

 

 


Recent and future highlights include a project with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields recording all Mozart Violin Concerti, due for release in early 2015 as well as a another triumphant return to the Ravinia Festival (following on from the success of her sell –out performances of Paganini’s Caprices the previous year) and performances with the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Orchestre de Bretagne, Turku Philharmonic, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica National de Costa Rica, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Sacramento and New Mexico Philharmonics, City Music Cleveland, New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra ( play direct) and encompassing a wide-ranging repertoire of Bartok, Berg, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Paganini, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Vieuxtemps, and Vivaldi.


Rachel Barton Pine is a top prize winner from several of the world’s leading competitions, including a gold medal at the 1992 J.S Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig and other top awards from International Violin Competitions around the world including Kreisler Vienna (1992), Szigeti Budapest (1992) and Montreal (1991).


Rachel Barton Pine has an extensive discography having released recordings with labels such as Cedille, Warner Classics, and Dorian. Her most recent release ( Schumann and Mendelssohn concertos recorded with Göttinger Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christoph-Mathias Mueller) was favourably received by audiences, with some extraordinary praise from the printed press.  Most notably she has recorded the Brahms and Joachim Violin Concertos with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Carlos Kalmar, Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos with The Royal Philharmonic conducted by José Serebrier (featuring the world premiere recording of Clement’s D Major Violin Concerto) and, her performance of the Glazunov Violin Concerto is featured on the Warner Classics recording of Glazunov Complete Concertos with the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Serebrier.  Her other recordings are testament to her innovative spirit; discs such as Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries and American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell are the work of a musician whose enormous technique is matched by a comparably probing intellect.


In 2009, Carl Fischer published the Rachel Barton Pine Collection, a compilation of original compositions, arrangements and cadenzas written by Pine – making her the only living artist to join the likes of the great masters Kreisler and Heifetz in Fischer’s Masters Collection series.


Outside the concert hall, Rachel Barton Pine is a dedicated philanthropist and supporter of outreach and educational projects. Her Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation was created to assist young artists through all aspects of their budding careers and also raises funds for Global Heartstrings - supporting musicians in developing countries.


Rachel Barton Pine is based in Chicago and performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the “ex-Soldat”, on generous loan from her patron.

September 2014