Classical The Best Classical Guitarists in the World  

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The guitar is one of the most popular and diverse musical instruments in the world. It's permeated through dozens of genres of music, lending itself to help create some of the most moving and emotional pieces of music in history. The people on this list are masters of the guitar and are considered giants in the musical world.  

Whether you recognize these musicians or not, they've all carved a place out for themselves in the music world and have become influential and prominent figures in the industry. If you love geeking out on music, we definitely recommend finding some of their music. 

This list is votable and rerankable, so take a look through and vote up your favorite classical guitarists. If you don't see someone on here who should be, feel free to add them, but this list is for living musicians only.

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Christopher Parkening is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Classical music

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Sharon Isbin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Folk music, Classical music

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Julian Bream is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Classical music

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John Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Romance, Classical music, Jazz

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David Russell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Classical music

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Manuel Barrueco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Classical music

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Adnan Ahmedic Classical Guitar... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
chicabrasiliana added Adnan Ahmedic Classical Guitarist Classical Guitar

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Pepe Romero is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Flamenco, Classical music

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Zoran Dukic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Zoran Dukic Classical music

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Jason Vieaux is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Classical music

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楊雪霏 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Classical music

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Paul Galbraith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Classical music

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Lily Afshar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World

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16 18
Andrew York is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Classical music; contemporary

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Kazuhito Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Classical music

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18 21
Eliot Fisk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Classical music

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Göran Söllscher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Classical music

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Galina Vale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
SergeiRomalov added flamenco

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Tatyana Ryzhkova is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
looksharp added Tatyana Ryzhkova

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Galina is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
SergeiRomalov added classical music

A child prodigy rised in a family of musicians, Galina's performing career began at the age of eight.

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Bozidar Hadji-Vitkovic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Bozidar Hadji-Vitkovic Classical music

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9 11
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Newhere added Classical music

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8 10
Dušan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Classical music

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Denis Azabagić is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Denis Azabagić

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4 6
Laura Young is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Classical music