Rachel Barton Pine

Violin/Viola d'amore/Leader
Love & War: Baroque Style

“One of the rare mainstream performers with a total grasp of Baroque style and embellishment” (Fanfare) and “a most accomplished Baroque violinist, fully the equal of the foremost specialists” (Gramophone), Pine has been involved with historically-informed performances of early music for almost three decades. She is an avid performer of baroque, renaissance and medieval music on baroque violin, viola d’amore, renaissance violin, and rebec.

She has collaborated with leading artists including David Douglass, Elizabeth Wright, Luc Beausejour, Robert Mealy, Marilyn McDonald, Jory Vinikour, and Gesa Kordes and has worked with groups including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Newberry Consort, Callipygian Players, and Temple of Apollo. She has also served as guest leader and soloist with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Baroque Band, and Ars Antigua.

In May 2018, Pine and Jory Vinikour will release a Cedille Records album of the Six Sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Pine joined Arts Antigua to record Vivaldi: The Complete Viola d’Amore Concertos for Cedille Records.  Said Classical Candor’s John Puccio, “These are charming performances, with musical enjoyment always the primary focus,” while David Hurwitz of Classics Today wrote, “Vivaldi composed eight concertos for viola d’amore, and here they all are, smartly gathered together and performed to the hilt."

Pine regularly plays and records with John Mark Rozendaal and David Schrader as the period instrument ensemble Trio Settecento.  The Trio’s recordings include Grand Tour, an unprecedented four cd country-by-country exploration of the musical styles of the European Baroque.  Trio Settecento’s Veracini’s Complete Sonate Accademiche for Violin and Continuo, also on Cedille, presents Italian Baroque composer Francesco Maria Veracini’s monumental Opus 2 Sonate Accademiche for violin and continuo.  Wrote Joshua Kosman of the SF Gate of the recording, "Violinist Rachel Barton Pine takes the lead role — including in some movements that are entirely unaccompanied — and dispatches the music with a wonderful combination of vigor, tonal strength and rhythmic panache.” Trio Settecento has appeared at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, The Frick Collection, Brome Beaux Arts, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, Dumbarton Oaks, the Boston Early Music Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, and Houston Early Music. 

Pine has also given baroque violin performances at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro Music, and the Boston Early Music Festival. She serves on the Board of Directors of Early Music America.  She is the only American gold medalist of the J.S. Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig, Germany, an honor she won in 1992 at age 17.

As a soloist, Pine has appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Budapest, Chicago, Dallas, Iceland, Montreal, New Zealand, San Diego, St. Louis and Vienna Symphonies; Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonics, and the Israel Chamber, Louisville, Mozarteum, Philadelphia and Scottish Chamber Orchestras; the Royal Scottish and Belgian National Orchestras; the Calgary and Russian Philharmonics, and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie.

In addition to Pine’s mixed recital programs, she has regularly given single evening performances of the six Bach Sonatas and Partitas, the 24 Paganini Caprices, and the complete Brahms Sonatas.  Wrote the Washington Post of her performance of the complete solo Bach Sonatas and Partitas, “...violinist Rachel Barton Pine aimed the spotlight not at her own dazzling technique but rather at the music in as astonishing and joyful a performance of all three sonatas and three partitas as I've ever heard."

Her discography beyond early music includes violin concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Clement, Joachim, Mendelssohn, and Schumann, to name a few, plus a wide array of other orchestral, chamber, and solo repertoire.

Her latest album, Bel Canto Paganini: 24 Caprices and other works for solo violin (Avie, May, 2017) charted at number five on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart.  Her April, 2016 album Testament : Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach on Avie  and 2013 Violin Lullabies on Cedille, both charted at number one on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart.