Rachel Barton Pine
Pine’s various recital programs include single evening concerts of all six Bach Sonatas and Partitas, the complete Brahms Sonatas and the 24 Paganini Caprices. This season Pine premieres “American Partitas,” a recital program of newly commissioned works by Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Billy Childs and Daniel Bernard Roumain partnered with the Bach Partitas for solo violin.
Pine has offered her single evening performances of all 24 Paganini Caprices in cities including Los Angeles, New York City, Washington D.C. and at Ravinia. The New York Times wrote of the Paganini concert, “Ms. Pine illuminated the poetic moments within the bombast of the caprices, each of which focuses on a different technical element.
Pine has appeared as a soloist with many of North America’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago, Montreal, Atlanta, San Diego, Baltimore, St. Louis and Dallas Symphonies; the Buffalo, Calgary, and Rochester Philharmonics, and the Philadelphia and Louisville Orchestras. Overseas, she has performed with the Vienna, New Zealand, Iceland and Budapest Symphonies; the Royal Scottish Philharmonic, the Belgian and Russian National Orchestras; the Mozarteum, Scottish and Israel Chamber Orchestras; the Royal Philharmonic, and, and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. She traveled to West Africa to play for the President of the Republic of Ghana, and to Southeast Asia to perform for the President of the Republic of Singapore. Stateside she has played for the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pine has worked with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, John Nelson, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Placido Domingo and Semyon Bychkov and with such leading artists as Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, William Warfield, Christopher O’Riley and Mark O’Connor.
Pine’s past festival appearances have included Marlboro, Wolf Trap, Vail, Ravinia, Davos, and Salzburg. She gave the world premieres of the last movement of Samuel Barber’s long-lost 1928 Violin Sonata in 2009, and a sonata fragment by Beethoven in 2005.
Pine writes her own cadenzas to many of the works she performs including concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and Paganini. In 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 to join great musicians like Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz in Carl Fischer’s Masters Collection series.
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. Other top awards have come from the Queen Elisabeth (Brussels, 1993), Kreisler (Vienna, 1992), Szigeti (Budapest, 1992), and Montreal (1991) International Violin Competitions. She won additional accolades for her interpretation of the Paganini Caprices at both the Szigeti Competition and the 1993 Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa.
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 early music specialists. Pine resides in Chicago with her husband and daughter. She performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the “ex-Bazzini, ex-Soldat” on lifetime loan from her patron.