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Famous Female Violinists

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This list of famous female violinists is ranked by their level of prominence and includes photos and other information, when available. This greatest female violinists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being violinists, thanks to their amazing violin skills and talent. There are thousands of women working as violinists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic violinists worked hard to become the best that they can be, and modern violinists are entertaining classical music fans regularly. If you're an aspiring woman or girl violinist then the talented individuals below should give you inspiration.

This list includes many a popular violinist, from Kala Ramnath to Leonora Speyer and many more. Contemporary violinists today continue the great classical traditions of past musical eras and bring their music into the modern day - you might even find a female jazz violinist below!

Who are the most famous female violinists? Who are the best female violinists? While this isn't a list of all female violinists, it does include famous modern violinists, Asian violinists, popular YouTube violinists, and many other female violin players whose music fans are sure to enjoy.

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    Joan Wasser, known by her stage name Joan As Police Woman, is an American musician and singer-songwriter. She began her career playing violin with the Dambuilders. Throughout her career, she has regularly collaborated with other artists as a writer, performer and arranger.more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Biddeford, Maine, United States of America
    • Profession: Singer, Violinist
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    Marjorie Fulton

    Marjorie Fulton was an acclaimed American concert violinist and music educator of distinction.more

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    • Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Violinist
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    Lili Haydn
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    Lili Haydn is a rock violinist, vocalist, recording artist, and composer. As a child, she pursued a career as an actress; at age eight she discovered the violin and began to focus on classical music. By the time Haydn was fifteen, she had played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. After graduating from ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Unborn, Jack Frost, Easy Money, The Horse Boy, Anita, + more
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    Jennifer Frautschi
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    Jennifer Frautschi is an American classical violinist. She plays an Antonio Stradivarius violin known as the "ex-Cadiz," dated to 1722 which a private American foundation gave to her on loan.more

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    • Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Violinist
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    Jennifer Pike

    Jennifer Pike is a British violinist. In 2002, she became well known for winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, and for six years she held the record of being the youngest winner, at twelve years of age.more

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    • Age: age 26
    • Profession: Violinist
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    Dorothy DeLay
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    Dorothy DeLay was an American violin instructor, primarily at the Juilliard School and University of Cincinnati She was born in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1917-2002)
    • Birthplace: Medicine Lodge, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Violinist, Teacher
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    Regina Carter is an American jazz violinist. She is the cousin of jazz saxophonist James Carter.more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Jazz Violinist, Violinist, Teacher
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    Maxine Gale

    Maxine Gale is the mother of American screenwriter Bob Gale.more

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    • Profession: Art dealer, Violinist
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    Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is an American classical violinist and teacher.more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Musician, Author, Music Director, Violinist
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    A. Kanyakumari
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    Avasarala Kanyakumari is a renowned female Carnatic music violinist from South India.more

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    • Profession: Violinist
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    Natalie MacMaster
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    Natalie MacMaster, CM is an award-winning fiddler from the rural community of Troy in Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada who plays Cape Breton fiddle music. MacMaster has toured with the Chieftains, Faith Hill, Carlos Santana and Alison Krauss, and has recorded with Yo-Yo Ma. She has appeared at the ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Troy, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • Profession: Musician, Fiddler, Violinist
    • Credits: Celtic Tides: A Musical Odyssey, Natalie MacMaster & Friends, 1999 Juno Awards
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    Tracy Bonham
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    Tracy Bonham is an American alternative rock musician best known for her 1996 single "Mother Mother". Raised in Eugene, Oregon, Bonham is a classically trained violinist and pianist. She received two Grammy nominations in 1997 for Best Alternative Album and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. She also ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Pianist, Fiddler, Singer, Violinist
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    Carla Kihlstedt is an American composer, violinist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and currently working from a home studio on Cape Cod. She is a founding member of Tin Hat Trio, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, The Book of Knots, Causing a Tiger and Rabbit ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist, Violinist
    • Credits: The Right Distance
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    Midori Goto
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    Midori Gotō, usually referred to simply as Midori, is a Japanese born American violinist. She made her debut at the age of 11, when conductor Zubin Mehta added her to the program of the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve Gala in 1982. When she was 21, she established her first not-for-profit ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
    • Profession: Violinist
    • Credits: Midori: Live at Carnegie Hall
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    • Age: Died at 94 (1913-2007)
    • Birthplace: Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Violinist
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    Gingger Shankar is an Indian American singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. She has scored several award-winning films, including Passion of the Christ and Circumstance.more

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    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Singer-songwriter, Model, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist, + more
    • Credits: Circumstance, Powerless, Brahmin Bulls, 419, Dose of Reality, + more
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    Laurie Lewis
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    Laurie Lewis, is an American bluegrass musician.more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Fiddler, Singer, Violinist
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    Miri Ben-Ari is an Israeli-born American violinist. She currently resides in the United States. Ben-Ari grew up playing classical music; she started training at age 5 and at age 12, she was presented with a violin by Isaac Stern. During her mandatory Israeli military service, she was chosen to play for ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Profession: Violinist
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    Sister Uppalavanna was a German violinist who converted to Buddhism, becoming the first European Buddhist nun. She lived as an ascetic in Sri Lanka from 1926 until her death.more

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1886-1982)
    • Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
    • Profession: Musician, Violinist
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    Hanneke Cassel
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    Hanneke Cassel is an American folk violinist. She was raised in Oregon and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at Berklee College of Music in 2000. Hanneke is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and she performed and taught across the U.S., Scotland, Sweden, China, New ...more

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    • Birthplace: Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Fiddler, Violinist, Teacher
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