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Rachel Barton Pine: Bio

Billboard-chart topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine is a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, thrilling audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and emotional honesty. With an infectious joy in music-making and a passion for connecting historical research to performance, Pine transforms experiences of classical music. 

Pine performs with the world's leading orchestras, including the Chicago and Vienna Symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, and Camerata Salzburg. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi, and Marin Alsop. Her collaborators include leading artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, William Warfield, and Christopher O'Riley. The many contemporary composers with whom she has collaborated include David Chesky, Billy Childs, John Corigliano, Joe Deninzon, Mohammed Fairouz, Luis Jorge González, Earl Maneein, Daniel Bernard Roumain, José Serebrier, and Augusta Read Thomas. 

She has recorded 39 acclaimed albums. Her AVIE discography includes Mozart: Complete Violin Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner conducting; Bel Canto Paganini; and Elgar & Bruch Violin Concertos with the BBC Symphony, Andrew Litton conducting.

A gold medalist in the J.S. Bach International Competition, her performances are heard on NPR and stations around the globe. She has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, PBS NewsHour, NPR's "Tiny Desk," "Performance Today" and "A Prairie Home Companion" and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Her RBP Foundation assists young artists and runs the groundbreaking Music by Black Composers project. She performs on the 1742 "ex-Bazzini, ex-Soldat" Guarneri del Gesu, on lifetime loan from her anonymous patron. 

Rachel Barton Pine

Blues Dialogues - Music by Black Composers

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1 David N. Baker: Blues (Deliver My Soul)  
2 Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Blues Forms for solo violin  
3 Louisiana Blues Strut (A Cakewalk) for solo violin  
4 William Grant Still: Suite for Violin and Piano  
5 Noel Da Costa: A Set of Dance Tunes for Solo Violin  
6 Clarence Cameron White: Levee Dance  
7 Duke Ellington, arr. Wendall Logan: In a Sentimental Mood  
8 Dolores White: Blues Dialogues for solo violin  
9 Errollyn Wallen: Woogie Boogie  
10 Billy Childs: Incident on Larpenteur Avenue  
11 Daniel Bernard Roumain: Filter for Unaccompanied Violin  
12 Charles S. Brown: A Song Without Words  
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Rachel Barton Pine & Jory Vinikour ? J.S. Bach: The Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord
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Sunday Interludes: Rachel Barton Pine performs Black Sababth/Ozzy Osbourne
RBP on Israel's i24 news June 2018

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Cedille Records' best-selling artist and longtime advocate for music by Black composers, performs a program of blues-influenced classical works for solo violin and violin and piano by Black composers of the 20th and 21st centuries on Blues Dialogues: Music by Black Composers, her newest Cedille Records album. Pianist Matthew Hagle, Pine's longtime recital partner, joins her on their third album together on Cedille and Pine's 21st for the Chicago-based label.

'Blues Dialogues' features several world-premiere recordings: Noel Da Costa's A Set of Dance Tunes for Solo Violin, Dolores White's expanded, four-movement version of her Blues Dialogues for solo violin, and Billy Childs's Incident on Larpenteur Avenue, a single-movement violin sonata exploring the events and impact of the 2016 killing of Philando Castile by a Minnesota police officer.