This is part 1 of our 2-part extended interview with Rachel Barton Pine. Stay tuned for part 2, coming soon!

Rachel Barton Pine is one of the most recognized names on the classical music scene today. She made her debut as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 10. Since then, she’s gone on to perform with orchestras all over the world, as well as with many of rock’s biggest names such as Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Steve Vai.

She performs on the “ex-Bazzini, ex-Soldat” Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona, 1742), and when plugging in Rachel plays a 6-string Wood Violins Viper electric violin.

Tracks heard in this episode:

INTRO - Viola d’amore Concerto in A Minor RV 397 I. Vivace
BREAK #2 - Theme and Variations on the Glow of the Lamp - Rachel’s YouTube
BREAK #3 - Metallica One - RBP and Mike Block

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