2013 Western States Honor Orchestra Festival
Weekend for Strings
Union Colony Civic Center
November 7 - 9, 2013
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Luis Vicaria, guest conductor
In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a great interpreter of classical works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire. Audiences are thrilled by her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.
Pine's 2013-2014 season includes performances with orchestras from Alaska to New Mexico and Vancouver to Montreal. She will continue her annual residency with the Sacramento Philharmonic and perform the complete Mozart violin concertos in subsequent evenings with City Music Cleveland. In March 2014, she will premiere a new concerto by the Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz with the Alabama Symphony. Throughout the year she will play concertos by Berg, Barber, Brahms, Bruch, Glazunov, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Vivaldi. Pine will offer recitals at Cultura Artistica Itaim in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a performance of the complete Paganini Caprices at the Northwest Bach Festival, and a program called “Old World, New World” with the cellist Mike Block.
In fall 2013, Cedille will issue her album of the Mendelssohn and Schumann Violin Concertos and the Beethoven Romances performed with the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester with Christoph-Mathias Mueller conducting. In 2014, Sir Neville Marriner, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Pine will celebrate the release of their recording of the five Mozart Violin concertos as well as Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra with young violist Matthew Lipman.
Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago, Montreal, Vienna and Baltimore Symphonies; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Royal Philharmonic, the Mozarteum, Scottish, and Israel Chamber Orchestras and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop, and Placido Domingo. She has collaborated with many living composers, including Augusta Read Thomas, John Corigliano, Luis Jorge González, and José Serebrier.
Her festival appearances have included Marlboro, Wolf Trap, and Salzburg, and her past recital performances have featured all six Bach Sonatas and Partitas as well as the complete Brahms Sonatas in single evenings. In 2009 she gave the world premiere of the last movement of Samuel Barber's long-lost 1928 Violin Sonata.
She has performed all 24 Paganini Caprices live in concert in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C. and at Ravinia. Wrote The New York Times of the Paganini concert, “Ms. Pine illuminated the poetic moments within the bombast of the caprices, each of which focuses on a different technical element.”
Pine writes her own cadenzas to many of the works she performs. In 2009, Carl Fischer published The Rachel Barton Pine Collection, a collection of original compositions, arrangements, cadenzas, and editions penned or arranged by Pine, which made her the only living artist and first woman to join great musicians like Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz in Carl Fischer’s Masters Collection series.
Pine has a prolific discography of 25 CDs on the Cedille, Warner Classics, and Dorian labels. Her performance of the Glazunov Violin Concerto is featured on the Warner Classics recording of Glazunov Complete Concertos with the Russian National Orchestra conducted by José Serebrier. Her Violin Lullabies performed with pianist Matthew Hagle and released on Cedille Records debuted at number one on the Billboard classical chart. For Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos, recorded with The Royal Philharmonic conducted by Serebrier, Pine offered the world premiere recording of Clement’s D Major Violin Concerto, coupled with the Beethoven Concerto. She intensely researched the musical relationship between Johannes Brahms and Joseph Joachim for Brahms and Joachim Violin Concertos recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Carlos Kalmar. Her Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries sheds light on four gifted musicians of mixed African and European descent who made significant contributions to Western classical music and was nominated for a National Public Radio Heritage Award. Her Capricho Latino on Cedille is a stunning collection of fourteen unaccompanied virtuoso pieces with a Latin flair.
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, Germany. Other top awards have come from the Queen Elisabeth (Brussels, 1993), Kreisler (Vienna, 1992), Szigeti (Budapest, 1992) and Montreal (1991) International Violin Competitions. She won prizes for her interpretation of the Paganini Caprices at both the Szigeti Competition and the 1993 Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa.
Pine’s Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation assists young artists through various projects including the Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, Global HeartStrings (supporting musicians in developing countries), and a curricular series in development with the University of Michigan: The String Student’s Library of Music by Black Composers.
Pine resides in Chicago. She performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the “ex-Soldat,” on loan from her patron. rachelbartonpine.com.
Luis Guillermo Vicaría is Director of Orchestras at Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. He studied conducting and contrabass at the Royal College of Music, London, Texas Christian University and is completing doctoral studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Luis has worked extensively with the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, and his doctoral dissertation describes the Colombian national system of music education, Batuta.