Nominated By:The Honorable Richard M. Daley
When internationally-acclaimed Chicago-born violinist Rachel Barton Pine isn't on the concert stage, she can probably be found visiting schools across the United States and passing along her love and enthusiasm of classical music to the next generation. In 2001, her passion for guiding the future of music led her to create The Rachel Elizabeth Barton (REB) Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the awareness of and appreciation for classical music by providing services and funding for classical music education, research, performances, and artists. Current projects include the creation of a supplemental curriculum of music for strings by composers of African descent and The String Student's Library of Music by Black Composers, which will acquaint students of all races with the rich heritage of classical string music by these artists. The REB also has an instrument loan program to allow young artists the use of high-quality instruments that otherwise would not be available to them and a grants program to cover expenses associated with music education and performance. In performance, Ms. Pine is an inspiration to audiences everywhere, delivering an extremely diverse repertoire around the world with the same tremendous enthusiasm and intensity she has applied to her Foundation.