List of Famous Violists People

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
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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: Amadeus, The Rules of the Game, A Man Escaped, The Magic Flute, One Hundred Men and a Girl, + more
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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: Fantasia, Amour, Immortal Beloved, Impromptu, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, + more
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    Johann Sebastian Bach
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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: Cries and Whispers, Autumn Sonata, Amour, The Sacrifice, Battle In Heaven, + more
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    Franz Schubert
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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: Vienna, Austria
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer, Violist, Teacher
    • Credits: Fantasia, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Au revoir, les enfants, Amour, + more
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    Benjamin Britten
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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: England, Lowestoft
    • 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
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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: Who Saw Him Die?, God's Comedy, The Enclosure Of Time
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    Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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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: Breaking Away, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses, The Visitors II: The Corridors of Time, The Story of Sin, + more
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    Claudio Monteverdi
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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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    Maxim Vengerov
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    Maxim Alexandrovich Vengerov is a violinist, violist, and conductor who was born in the Soviet Union.more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Novosibirsk, Russia
    • Profession: Conductor, Violist, Violinist, Teacher
    • Credits: Holocaust: A Music Memorial Film
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    Yehudi Menuhin
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    Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE was an American-born violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom. He became a citizen of Switzerland in 1970, and a British citizen in 1985. He is widely considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1916-1999)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Writer, Violist, Violinist, Teacher
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    Pinchas Zukerman is an Israeli violinist, violist, and conductor.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Profession: Conductor, Music Director, Violist, Violinist
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    Janine Jansen
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    Janine Jansen is a violinist and violist. She began to study the violin at age 6. Her father and both her brothers are also musicians. Her mother is a classical singer and is a sister of the bass Peter Kooy. Jansen studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philippe Hirschhorn, and Boris Belkin. She is married to ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Soest, Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Musician, Violist, Violinist
    • Credits: In Search of Beethoven, Sheherazade: An Oriental Night with the Berliner Philharmoniker
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    David Oistrakh
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    David Fyodorovich Oistrakh was a renowned Soviet classical violinist. Oistrakh collaborated with major orchestras and musicians from many parts of the world, including the Soviet Union, Europe, and the United States, and was the dedicatee of numerous violin works, including both of Dmitri Shostakovich's ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1908-1974)
    • Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
    • Profession: Conductor, Music pedagogue, Violist, Violinist
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    Leroy Jenkins was a composer and avant-garde jazz violinist and violist. Jenkins was involved in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians while a public school teacher in Chicago. He co-founded the Creative Construction Company with Anthony Braxton and others. He led the Revolutionary ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1932-2007)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Composer, Jazz Violinist, Violist
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    Paul Hindemith was a German composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor. Notable compositions include his song cycle Das Marienleben and opera Mathis der Maler.more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1895-1963)
    • Birthplace: Hanau, Germany
    • Profession: Conductor, Music critic, Music Theorist, Composer, Violist
    • Credits: Histoire(s) du cinéma, Nouvelle Vague, Dr. M
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    Nigel Kennedy is a British violinist and violist. He made his early career in the classical field, and has more recently performed jazz, klezmer, and other music genres.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Brighton, England
    • Profession: Musician, Violist, Violinist
    • Credits: The Who & Special Guests: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Spirits of Music, Spirits of Music: Part II, Nigel Kennedy: Live at Carcassonne
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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 the ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Lahr, Germany
    • Profession: Violist
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    Shlomo Mintz is an Israeli violin virtuoso, violist and conductor. He regularly appears with orchestras and conductors on the international scene and is heard in recitals and chamber music concerts around the world.more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Profession: Violist, Violinist
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    Charles Édouard Dutoit, OC GOQ is a Swiss conductor, particularly noted for his interpretations of French and Russian 20th-century music. He has made influential modern recordings of Hector Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette and Maurice Ravel's ballets Daphnis et Chloé and Ma mère l'oye. He currently serves as ...more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Music pedagogue, Music Director
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