PRIME! Rachel and the violin


Rachel Barton Pine says for her that one instrument is enough.

“I’m interested in everything that has to do with the violin and everything that doesn’t,” says Pine. “The only thing I wanted to do was play things that resembled the violin, whether it was a medieval ancestor of the violin, a cousin of the violin like the viola d’amore, the electric violin.”

When she was 10 and already practicing seven hours a day, Pine says even her grandmother’s efforts to teach her how to crochet resulted in, literally, more fiddles.

“As soon as I understood the mathematical principles of creating shapes with yarn, I invented a pattern for a crocheted violin and that’s all I did after that.”

Listen to our full episode on Rachel Barton Pine to learn more about this passionate violin virtuoso!

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