The latest episode of Zsolt Bognar’s Living the Classical Life features the effervescent, candid and irrepressible Chicago violinist, Rachel Barton Pine.
She was playing in the Civic Orchestra at 11 and concertmaster at 14. ‘I was told to leave that off when I went to competitions in Europe,’ she laughs, ‘but conductors say to me, “hey I can follow you so easily”.
She had no thought in life other than being a musician, and marrying one. But she ended up marrying a non-musician, a computer specialist who travels everywhere with her and their child, moving home from one hotel room to the next.
It wasn’t always like that. ‘Because my father was unemployed for much of my childhood… Our phone and electricity were being turned off all the time, we’d be one missed payment from losing the roof over our heads…’
Experience Rachel’s joie-de-vivre: