In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary 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, thrilling audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.
But she has another passion: she’s a self-confessed head banger, performing heavy metal with a band.
Pine visits homeless shelters, hospitals and prisons while she is traveling to give back through music. “I think more and more artists, especially the younger generation, are really understanding the value of community engagement,” she said. “If we were only playing for the converted, we would not be honoring our gifts to the fullest extent.”