Rachel Barton Pine
Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people in both art and life. Her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She first came to international attention at the age of 17 when she won the gold medal at the J.S. Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig in 1992. She also holds prizes from the Queen Elizabeth (Brussels, 1993), Kreisler (Vienna, 1992), Szigeti (Budapest, 1992), and Montreal (1991) International Violin Competitions and won honours for her interpretations of the Paganini Caprices at the Szigeti and Paganini International Violin Competitions (Genoa, 1993). Rachel Barton Pine made her solo orchestral debut at the age of 10 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has appeared all over the world performing with the Montreal, Vienna, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and the Scottish and Israel Chamber Orchestras, among others. She has worked with renowned conductors including Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop and Placido Domingo. She appears on 30 CD recordings including recent releases of the Mozart Violin Concertos with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martins in the Fields, and the Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach which rose to number one on the US Billboard Classical Charts. Rachel Barton Pine has also been involved with period instrument performances for over two decades, with Gramophone naming her “A most accomplished Baroque violinist, fully the equal of the foremost specialists.” She performs and records with the period instrument ensemble Trio Settecento, and in 2015 released the Complete Viola D’Amore Concertos with Ars Antigua to great acclaim. Rachel Barton Pine is also active in the community through teaching chamber music, coaching youth orchestras, giving masterclasses and adjudicating at music competitions. For several years she has been assisting young and emerging artists through her Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation which sponsors an instrument loan programme, grants for education and career advancement and the String Student’s Library of Music by Black Composers at the University of Michigan. Her Global HeartStrings programme also supports classical musicians in developing countries.