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List of Famous Violists

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List of famous violists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top violists in the world? This includes the most prominent violists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable violists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic violists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned violists.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Benjamin Britten.

From reputable, prominent, and well known violists to the lesser known violists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the violist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous violists ever?" and "What are the names of famous violists?" then you're in the right place. (206 items)
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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Violists
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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed ...more

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    • Age: Died at 35 (1756-1791)
    • Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
    • Profession: Pianist, Musician, Composer, Violist, Violinist
    • Credits: The King's Speech, The Shawshank Redemption, Batman Begins, Alien
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    Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Violists
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    Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 1 violin ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1770-1827)
    • Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
    • Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, Lyricist, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Django Unchained, A Clockwork Orange, The King's Speech, The Pianist
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    Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Violists
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    Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1685-1750)
    • Birthplace: Eisenach, Germany
    • Profession: Musician, Harpsichordist, Composer, Cantor, Organist, + more
    • Credits: The Godfather, Se7en, The Silence of the Lambs, The Pianist
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    Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Violists
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    Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert died at 31 but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works, seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 31 (1797-1828)
    • Birthplace: Alsergrund, Vienna, Austria
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer, Violist, Teacher
    • Credits: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Avengers, The Sixth Sense, Good Will Hunting
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    Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Violists
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    Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes, the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1913-1976)
    • Birthplace: Lowestoft, England
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer, Violist
    • Credits: Moonrise Kingdom, Bad Blood, Escapade romaine, Bartleby en coulisses, War Requiem, + more
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    Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Violists
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    Joseph Haydn was a prominent and prolific composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet". Haydn spent much of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1732-1809)
    • Birthplace: Rohrau, Austria
    • Profession: Composer, Violist, Violinist
    • Credits: Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, Sherlock Holmes, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
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    Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Violists
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    Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. A grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn was born into a prominent Jewish family. Although initially he was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1809-1847)
    • Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
    • Profession: Conductor, Pianist, Composer, Violist
    • Credits: American Gangster, Wedding Crashers, Enemy of the State, Shrek the Third
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    Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Violists
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    Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi was an Italian composer, gambist, singer and Roman Catholic priest. Monteverdi's work, often regarded as revolutionary, marked the change from the Renaissance style of music to that of the Baroque period. He developed two styles of composition – the heritage of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1567-1643)
    • Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
    • Profession: Priest, Composer, Singer, Gambist, Violist
    • Credits: God's Comedy, The Full Monteverdi
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