Aged 10, she made her debut as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra – and a string of awards followed.
But at 20, in the same city, she was caught in a train’s closing door, dragged along, pulled under and run over. One leg was severed and the other badly damaged.
Rachel Barton Pine’s career might have been over, yet she is now preparing to play the Glazunov concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jose Serebrier next week.
The programme at Portsmouth Guildhall on Thursday (7.30pm) otherwise has a largely Spanish flavour, including the Iberia suite by Albeniz and Ravel’s Bolero – a potted version of which became famous through the ice-dancing exploits of Torvill and Dean.
n Tickets: (023) 9282 4355 or portsmouthguildhall.co.uk.