Washington Post has hailed her as, "An exciting, boundary defying performer...Pine displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon of recitalists."
Celebrated as a renowned interpreter of classical works, Ms Pine plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire, spanning Baroque and Rennaisance to Romantic and contemporary. Audiences around the globe have been thrilled by her dazzling technique, lustrous tone and infectious joy in music-making. "Rachel Barton Pine really may be the most charismatic, the most virtuosic, and the most compelling American violinist of her generation," wrote All Music Guide.
A Chicago native, Ms Pine began violin studies at age three and made her professional debut four years later with the Chicago String Ensemble. Her earliest appearances with the Chicago Symphony (at ages 10 and15) were broadcast on television. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s most greatest orchestras and worked with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, John Nelson, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Placido Domingo and Semyon Bychkov. She performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the “ex-Soldat,” on generous loan from her patron.
Ms. Pine holds prizes from several of the world’s leading competitions, including the gold medal at the 1992 J.S. Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig, Germany. She was the first American and, at age 17, the youngest person ever to win this honor. Other top honors have been awarded at the Queen Elizabeth (Brussels, 1993), Kreisler (Vienna, 1992), Szigeti (Budapest, 1992) and Montreal (1991) International Violin Competitions. She also won prizes for her interpretation of the Paganini Caprices at both the Szigeti Competition and the 1993 Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa.
She has amassed a prolific discography on the Cedille, Warner Classics, Hänssler Classics and Dorian labels. In addition, Ms. 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 Ms. 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.
In addition to her love of the classical giants, Ms. Pine has been a fan of rock and heavy metal since her pre-teens. By seeing the threads connecting classical and rock music, she has become a bridge between generations of music fans. As an artistic ambassador, she often visits rock radio stations and rock clubs to perform her own arrangements of rock and metal songs, followed by classical pieces to illustrate how the two genres share a similar intensity and compositional complexity. In this way, she is drawing legions of new listeners to classical music.
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s 14th season will resume in late January and run through May with 15 more great performances. Joshua Bell, hailed by the Boston Herald as “the greatest American violinist active today,” will headline the winter season with a not-to-be-missed performance on March 1. Other featured headliners will include such acclaimed artists as violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, the Eroica Trio and the Dover String Quartet. On the lighter side, the Kruger Brothers will perform a hoedown of folk and Americana music. rachelbartonpine.com.
On Rachel Barton Pine...
“Pine 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
“Pine 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
“For violinist Rachel Barton Pine, being sensational is normal - she’s arguably one of the greatest violinists performing today. Paganini couldn’t have played it better.” The Gazette (Colorado Springs)
“Her technique is awesome, surpassed only by her musicality – a stunning performance.” Illinois Times
"Pine is a phenomenal violinist, with a full, beautiful sound in all registers and masterful command of technique." Tallahassee Democrat
“[Pine] has a musicality and superb technique that would be the envy of most soloists.” The New Zealand Herald
"One of the most impressive examples of violin playing I've ever witnessed." Iceland Morgunbladed
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is one of the superstars of classical music, by many concidered the best composer ever. His catalogue of works is famous and plentiful. The only missing genres in it are opera and ballet.
Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840) was besides a skilled romantic composer also the probably best violinist ever. He is especially famed for the solo violin work 24 Caprices, regarded among violinists as an apprentice's examination piece.