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May 3, 2006

Creating Her Own Path

If someone asked you where they should go to become successful in music, we might all probably respond "New York City." But violinist Rachel Barton Pine wasn't asking for advice when she established her music career. As a result, one of the U.S.'s finest young talents has made a big name for herself in Chicago, where the closest coast is on Lake Michigan.

It's a pleasure to have Rachel on Saint Paul Sunday this week along with pianist Matthew Hagle in part because the duo is delightfully unpredictable. Rachel has an incredible diversity in her taste for music. In addition to studying classical violin music, she has learned how to play like a Scottish fiddler. After a recent recital at the National Gallery, she sped off to catch the end of a Rob Zombie concert. Whether it's choosing Chicago as her home base or studying fiddling technique, Rachel has an amazing curiosity and enthusiasm to try new things and for me, it's contagious. What in this program sparked your curiosity?

Posted by Suzanne Schaffer at May 3, 2006 5:10 PM



I'm interested in buying a recording of Rush, is it out in CD? How can I obtain a copy of the music?

As a teacher, I have found homeschoolers a joy to teach. They're smart, curious and eager to learn. It's a good solution for arts students.

By Shelley Fox at May 9, 2006 9:45 AM