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List of famous female violists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female violists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being violists. There are thousand of females working as violists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic violists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a violist then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list is made up of many different people, including Veronika Hagen and Martha Strongin Katz.

While this isn't a list of all female violists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female violists?" and "Who are the best female violists?"
Jennifer Stumm is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Violists
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Jennifer Stumm is an American violist. ...more

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Profession: Violist

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Tabea Zimmermann


Tabea Zimmermann, born on 8 October 1966 in Lahr, is a German violist. She began learning to play the viola at the age of three, and commenced piano studies at age five. At the age of 13, she studied viola with Ulrich Koch at the Conservatory of Freiburg and progressed to study with Sándor Végh at ...more

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Age: 50

Birthplace: Lahr, Germany

Profession: Violist

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Kim Kashkashian is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Violists
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Kim Kashkashian is a Grammy-award winning Armenian-American violist. ...more

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Age: 64

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Profession: Musician, Composer, Violist, Teacher

Credits: Germany Year 90 Nine Zero

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Jocelyn Pook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Violists
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Jocelyn Pook is an English composer, pianist and viola player. ...more

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Solihull, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer, Violist

Credits: Eyes Wide Shut, The Merchant of Venice, Room in Rome, They Came Back Time Out, + more

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#22 on The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked

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Biddy Connor is a film score composer and musician. ...more

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Profession: Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Musician, Composer Singer, + more

Credits: Orchids: My Intersex Adventure, You Cut, I Choose

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Rebecca Clarke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Violists
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Rebecca Clarke was an English classical composer and violist best known for her chamber music featuring the viola. She was born in Harrow and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music in London, later becoming one of the first female professional orchestral players. Stranded ...more

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Age: Died at 93 (1886-1979)

Birthplace: London Borough of Harrow, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Composer, Violist

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#11 on The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked

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Rosemary Glyde is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Violists
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Rosemary Glyde was an American violist and composer. Focusing on expanding the limited repertory for solo viola, she wrote and transcribed many works for that instrument, including Sergei Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata and Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suites for viola. She founded the New York Viola ...more

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Age: Died at 46 (1948-1994)

Birthplace: Auburn, Alabama, United States of America

Profession: Composer, Violist

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Geraldine Lamboley Walther is an American violist. Since 2005 she has been a member of the Takács String Quartet, replacing Roger Tapping as violist of the group. She is the former principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony, a role she held from 1976 through 2005. Previously, she was assistant ...more

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Age: 66

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Profession: Violist

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