Renowned violinist to teach summer master class at NIU Community School

Rachel Barton Pine
Rachel Barton Pine

The NIU Community School of the Arts will welcome international concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine will teach the annual master class at this summer’s Advanced String Quartet Workshop.

“An exciting, boundary-defying performer – Pine displays
a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon.”
– The Washington Post

“Striking and charismatic … she demonstrated
a bravura technique and soulful musicianship.”
– The New York Times

In both art and life, 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.

Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Royal Philharmonic; and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi and Marin Alsop.

Advanced String Quartet Workshop takes place the week from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, June 27, through Thursday, June 30, and begins with a sight-reading party from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. Workshop participants improve musicianship and ensemble skills as they rehearse and are coached in two different quartets. Workshop activities also include seminars on music theory, history, and rehearsal techniques.

Each student will perform in a quartet at the Pine master class, and all quartets will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30, in the final recital in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.

Violin teacher and chamber musician Laurie Rodriguez is the director of the workshop. A private teacher with the NIU Community School for many years, she has directed multiple chamber music workshops in Illinois, Utah and Minnesota.

Students ages 12 to 19 are admitted to Advanced String Quartet Workshop by audition. To reserve an audition time, submit a CSA Summer registration form with a $15 non-refundable registration fee by Monday, May 2. Auditions begin at 4 p.m. Monday, May 9.

For registration information, or to learn more about the NIU Community School of the Arts, call (815) 753-1450.

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