Rachel Barton Pine

Rachel's Story

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Awards & Honors

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My daughter Bethany really enjoyed your classes at Mark O'Connor's Nashville fiddle camp. Thank you for being such an inspiration! I will have to send you some pictures. Angie

  Awards & Honors


• President, Board of Directors, Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation
• Member, Board of Trustees, Music Institute of Chicago
• Member, Board of Directors, Early Music America
• Member, Board of Trustees, Chicago School of Violin Making
• Member, Board of Trustees, Chicago Classical Recording Foundation
• Member, Board of Trustees, Chicago Music Commission
• Co-chair, Classical Music Committee, Board of Governors, National
   Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Midwest Region
• Member, Guild, Newberry Library, Chicago
• Chair, Advisory Board, Sphinx Organization
• Member, Advisory Board, Maud Powell Society for Music and Education
• Member, Advisory Board, International Music Foundation
• Member, Artistic Advisory Committee, Chicago Children’s Choir
• Member, Artistic Advisory Council, Chicago High School for the Arts
2010 -Winner, Great Performer of Illinois Award
2010 -Winner, Best Classical Entertainer, Chicago Music Awards
2010 -Illinois St. Andrew Society Distinguished Citizen Award
2008 -Cover story, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine
2008 -Winner, Best Classical Entertainer, Chicago Music Awards
2007 -First performances in Singapore, including a concert for the President
2007 -Winner, Best Classical Entertainer, Chicago Music Awards
2007 -First performances in Africa, including for the President of Ghana to celebrate Ghana’s 50th anniversary of independence
2007 -UK debut (concert tour with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra)
2007 -Top Ten Classical Concerts of 1997, La Presse (for performance of the Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas at the Festival de Musique de Chambre de Montreal)
2007 -Top Ten Classical Concerts of 1997, Le Devoir (for performance of the Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas at the Festival de Musique de Chambre de Montreal)
2007 -Making a Difference in the Lives of Children Through Music Award, Music for Life Alliance
2006 -Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award, Illinois Humanities Council
2006 -Chair, 75th Anniversary Gala “Go Where the Music Takes You,” Music Institute of Chicago
2006 -Inducted as Honorary Member, National Association of Negro Musicians
2005 -Performance, “St. Paul Sunday” radio show
2005 -In-studio performance, “Performance Today” radio show
2005 -Dedication, “Caprice” by Augusta Read Thomas
2005 -Tree of Life Award, Bearcat Ball, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
2005 -World premiere of a sonata fragment by Beethoven, broadcast live on radio and internet
2005 -Cover story, Fanfare Magazine
2005 -Opening Performance and Guest Clinician, American String Teachers Association national conference
2005 -Inducted as Member for Life, Illinois St. Andrew’s Society
2005 -Performance, Annual Musicale, Supreme Court of the United States
2005 -Guest Artist, “From the Top” radio show
2004 -Dedication, “Rush” by Augusta Read Thomas
2004 -Artistic Director, Musicorda Summer Music Festival, Massachusetts
2004 -Speaker, opening session, Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference
2004 -Nominee, Best Engineered Album, GRAMMY Awards (for “Brahms and Joachim Violin Concertos”)
2004 -Inducted as Distinguished Musician Member, Union League Club of Chicago
2004 -Winner, Best Classical Entertainer, Chicago Music Awards
2003 -Cover story, Fanfare Magazine
2003 -Recipient of the “ex-Soldat” Guarneri del Gesu
2003 -Winner, Best Classical Entertainer, Chicago Music Awards
2003 -Inducted as Honorary Member, Musicians Club of Women, Chicago
2003 -Inducted as Honorary Member, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity
2002 -Rachel Barton Pine Violin Chair named, Music Institute of Chicago
2002 -Nominee, Peabody Award (for radio performance featuring works of living composers)
2002 -Performance, Concert for Peace in Washington Square Park, New York
2002 -Guest Artist and Host, Chicago Consortium of Community Music Schools’ Inaugural Concert
2001 -Recipient of the “ex-Lord Coke” Guarneri del Gesu from the Fazenda Iparanga
2000 -Recipient of the “ex-Elphinstone” Stradivari
1999 -Chicagoan of the Year, Chicago Tribune
1999 -Recital, Brookings Institute (for a summit on race relations), Washington, DC
1999 -National Anthem, Chicago Cubs
1999 -Profile, CBS Sunday Morning
1998 -Guest Artist, American Symphony Orchestra League National Youth Orchestra Festival
1998 -Nominee, National Public Radio Heritage Award (for "Concertos by Black Composers" album)
1998 -Mollendorf Founder’s Award, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra
1998 -National Anthem, Inaugural Home Opening Game, Chicago Fire
1998 -House Resolution, Illinois Congress
1997 -Performance, Marshall Field’s Day of Music, Symphony Center Grand Opening, Chicago
1997 -National Anthem, Inauguration of Interleague Play, Chicago Cubs
1997 -Performance, Inaugural Dinner for Cardinal Francis George
1997 -Classical Hall of Fame, Fanfare Magazine
1997 -Best Chamber Music Recording, Classical Pulse! Magazine (for “Handel Sonatas”)
1996 -“In the Limelight,” Yearbook, People Magazine
1996 -Recognition Award, Consul General of Spain, Chicago (for “Homage to Sarasate” album)
1996 -National Anthem, Chicago Bulls playoff game
1996 -National Anthem, Democratic National Convention
1996 -Torchbearer, Olympic Torch Relay
1996 -Performance, Opening Ceremony, Paralympic Games, Atlanta, Georgia
1995 -Chicagoan of the Year, Chicago Magazine
1995 -Profile, The Today Show
1995 -Cover Story, Arts and Entertainment section, New York Times
1995 -National Anthem, Chicago Bulls playoff game
1995 -Woman of the Year, Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine
1995 -Profile, People Magazine
1993 -Paganini Caprice Prize, Paganini International Violin Competition, Genoa, Italy
1993 -Bronze Medal, Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, Brussels, Belgium
1992 -Recipient of the “ex-Lobkowicz” Amati
1992 -Second Prize, Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition, Vienna
1992 -Gold Medal, J.S. Bach International Violin Competition, Leipzig, Germany (first American and youngest winner)
1992 -Second Prize and Paganini Caprice Prize, Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition, Budapest
1990 -First Prize, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition
1990 -First Prize, Society of American Musicians Music Contest, Young Artist Division
1989 -First Prize, Seventeen Magazine and General Motors National Concerto Competition
1988 -First Prize, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Junior Division
1985 -First performances as soloist with Chicago Symphony
1985 -First Prize, Chicago Symphony Orchestra/ Illinois Bell/ WTTW Illinois Young Performers Competition
1984 -Performance, Carnegie Hall, as featured soloist on a program with a violin group
1983 -Performance, The Vatican for Pope John Paul II, as featured soloist on a European tour with a violin group
1982 -Debut as soloist with orchestra, Chicago String Ensemble