Famous Violin Players

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Rachel Barton Pine

Violinist, philanthropist, education and music detective Rachel Barton Pine has two "new" efforts coming out in September.

In mid-September, Rachel will become the first living composer and only woman to be part of the Carl Fischer's "Masters Collection" series which will publish The Rachel Barton Pine Collection (Original Compositions, Arrangements, Cadenzas, and Editions). Others in this series are Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, Joseph Szigetti and Carl Flesch.

On September 22nd, Pine will release her 11th recording on the Cedille label, Trio Settecento: A German Bouquet, the second in a planned series of four CDs illustrating the character and complexion of the Baroque era's music as it developed in various regions of Europe. Together the Trio Settecento members-including Pine on viola da gamba player, 'cellist John Mark Rozendaal, and harpsichordist and organist David Schrader - present a program that includes Bach and Buxtehude, as well as rarely heard repertoire by Johann Schop, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Georg Muffat, Johann Philipp Krieger, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, and Johann Georg Pisendel.

A child prodigy, Pine made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at age 10, and by the age of 14 she was able to significantly contribute to her family's income. At 17, she became the first American to win a gold medal at the J.S. Bach International Competition in Leipzig.

Now in her early 30's, she's been credited for being an artistic ambassador, introducing the pleasures of classical music to legions of new listeners. She often stops by rock radio stations to perform rock and metal songs followed by a classical piece to illustrate how classical can match rock's intensity and compositional complexity.

Her master classes, school appearances and community outreach events continue to be a smash hit for students and fans of all ages.

Pine has an acclaimed discography and a passion for discovering and recording lesser known gems as well as the classical warhorses. Last year, Pine performed the world premiere recording of Clement's D Major Violin Concerto, plucked from two centuries of obscurity, as well as the Beethoven Concerto, recorded with The Royal Philharmonic conducted by Jose Serebrier. The cadenzas for the recording, written by Pine, reflect her love of researching violin music and history.

Similarly, one of Pine's most celebrated projects is the groundbreaking "Violin Concertos by Black Composers from the 18th and 19th Centuries." She's also recorded the 2007 "American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maude Powell,"showcasing the beautiful Victorian-era repertoire of America's first internationally acclaimed violinist. Her 2003 recording of Brahms and Joachim Concertos in collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Carlos Kalmar was nominated for a 2004 GRAMMY Award as "Best Engineered Album, Classical."

Pine hasn't forgotten what it was like to grow up in a financially struggling household. Her Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation includes an instrument loan program, as well as financial grants to help young artists with expenses like accompanists' fees, sheet music, stage clothes, travel expenses to competitions, and the costs of recording that she remembers struggling to pay for.

Pine is also developing a curriculum for all skill levels featuring string music written by black composers dating back to the 1700's. Through Global Heartstrings, she provides basic classical instrument supplies to musicians in developing countries such as Haiti and Nigeria.

To see or hear more of her accomplishments please visit www.rachelbartonpine.com

To purchase Rachel's new CD (coming in September) or any of her other albums please visit: Cedille Records