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The Purpose and Passion that Drives Violin Virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine

Some babies are lucky enough to be wooed to sleep by the best of ‘em. In this case, that child is the daughter of virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine. According to a recent article in the Chicago Sun Times, Pine prepared a special gift for her little girl – born in 2011— an album of some of the very best violin lullaby works culled from 150 transcriptions and original violin works from the 19th and 20th centuries.

rbpPine doesn’t do anything by half measures, and the success of her children’s album is another indicator of her commitment to expanding her artistic repertoire. When “Lullabies” was released last year, the record quickly filled the number-one spot on both the Billboard and the Amazon classical sales charts.

The Chicago-born violinist continues to enjoy a high profile career that successfully showcases a variety of styles and projects, including her participation with metal band Earthen Grave, for whom she plays electric violin.

When Pine was interviewed in 2011 for Bright Lights of the Second City, she offered readers this sage advice: “Figure out who you are, identify the ultimate gift you can offer, and discover where those two things align. Work as hard as you can. Remember that you must possess blind faith when you can’t see where the path is leading you. Keep striving as if you know where you’re headed.”