[THE STRAITS TIMES] AMERICAN VIOLINIST RACHEL BARTON PINE: 'RELAXING MUSIC MAKES ME TENSE'

Published on 14 October 2019

SPH Digital News / Copyright © 2019 Singapore Press Holdings

SINGAPORE - What do heavy metal and classical music have in common? A lot more than you think, suggests virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine, who has had a lifelong passion for both.

The 45-year-old Chicago native is known for her intepretations of music by composers such as Bach and Paganini, and used to play in the thrash/doom heavy metal band Earthen Grave.

Speaking to The Straits Times over the phone last week from a hotel room in Salt Lake City, where she was due to perform, Pine rattles off a list of rock and heavy metal artists - from Scorpions' former lead guitarist Uli Jon Roth, to Marty Friedman of heavy metal band Megadeth - who were inspired by classical music, drawn to the emotional intensity and bombast of Romantic-era works.

Read the full interview here