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Rachel Barton Pine on Music

Rachel Barton Pine on Music

"Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." Plato, the legendary Greek philosopher and founder of the first institution of higher learning in the Western world, shared this insight nearly 2,400 years ago, and I believe it is equally as relevant today," remarked Rachel Barton Pine in a great essay she recently wrote for Stay Thirsty Magazine about the importance of music in her life and the role MIC played in her musical development.

She writes, "I feel very fortunate that my music education and life have been so deeply intertwined with and influenced by the Music Institute of Chicago. Through this amazing school and its programs, I have witnessed the truth of Plato's observation and am continually reminded of my role as a musician and emissary of the art."


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More About MIC Alumna Rachel Barton Pine

Rachel Barton Pine is an internationally acclaimed concert violinist, recording artist, educator, and philanthropist. She has appeared as a soloist with many of the country’s most prestigious symphony orchestras under the baton of renowned conductors from around the globe. 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. Her prolific discography of 30 albums on major labels reflects her interest in the great classical works as well as contemporary composers and historically neglected artists. Having studied at the Music Institute with the legendary Almita and Roland Vamos, Pine is committed to encouraging the next generation to experience the transformative power of the arts. Her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation assists young artists through various projects, including the Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, Global HeartStrings (supporting classical musicians in developing countries), and a curricular series in development in conjunction with the University of Michigan: Music by Black Composers. She is a Life Trustee of the Music Institute of Chicago, which named the “Rachel Barton Pine Violin Chair” in her honor.