In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. She plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertory, thrilling audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making. Her repertory ranges from traditional classical works to contemporary composers like the American Mohammed Fairouz and the Ghanian Kwabena Nketia. Her interests as well extend to period instrument practice (for which she uses a Baroque violin and viola d’amore), jazz, Celtic, folk, rock, and heavy metal. Pine’s prolific discography consists of more than thirty releases on the Avie, Cedille, Warner Classics, Hänssler Classics, Naxos, and Dorian labels. Her most recent releases include the Bach sonatas with keyboard, a Blues album of music by Black composers, and a pairing of the Dvořák and Khachaturian concertos. 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. Other top awards have come from the Queen Elisabeth (Brussels, 1993), Kreisler (Vienna, 1992), Szigeti (Budapest, 1992), and Montreal (1991) International Violin Competitions. She performs on a Guarnerius del Gesu (742) known as the
“ex-Bazzini, ex-Soldat,” on lifetime loan from her patron.