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Rachel Barton Pine

In both life and art, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary gift for connecting with her audiences. She has received worldwide acclaim for her virtuosic technical mastery, lustrous tone and perceptive performances.

Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world's most prestigious ensembles, including the Vienna, Iceland, New Zealand and Budapest Symphonies; the Royal Scottish and Belgian National Orchestras; the Israel, Mozarteum and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, and the Royal Philharmonic.

Pine writes her own cadenzas to many of the works she performs including concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Paganini. A fan of rock and heavy metal since her pre-teens, Pine's ability to see the connecting threads between classical and rock music makes her the perfect bridge between generations of music fans. Hailed 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.

Highlights of her 2010-2011 season include performances with Netherland's Radio Kamer Filharmonie at the Concertgebouw, Bournemouth Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile, and Turkey's Bilkent Symphony Orchestra.

In May, 2011, Pine will release Capricho Latino, a collection of unaccompanied virtuoso pieces from Spain and Latin America, on the Cedille label. Pine is President of the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, which assists young artists through various projects including the Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career and Global HeartStrings.

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 principal teachers were Roland and Almita Vamos. She performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the "ex-Soldat," on generous loan from her patron.

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