Established more than 30 years ago, the Music Institute of Chicago award recognises international figures in the world of music


The Music Institute of Chicago is to present violinist Rachel Barton Pine with its Dushkin Award at a special ceremony on 15 May.

Named after Chicago Institute founders Dorothy and David Dushkin and established more than 30 years ago, the award recognises international figures in the world of music 'for their contributions to the art form, as well as to the education of youth'. Previous recipients include violinists Joshua Bell and Isaac Stern, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

A former student of Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute, Barton Pine, is 'an internationally admired concert violinist' with 30 albums on major labels to her name.  The prize recognises her commitment 'to encouraging the next generation to experience the transformative power of the arts' through her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation, which encompasses an Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, Global HeartStrings, and a curricular series in development in conjunction with the University of Michigan: Music by Black Composers.

The violinist is a Life Trustee of the Music Institute of Chicago.

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Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco