musicians The Best Classical Violinists in the World  

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The violin is one of the most classical and most beautiful musical instruments in the world. The instrument has 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 violin and are considered giants in the classical world. 

Whether you recognize these musicians or not, they've all carved a place out for themselves in the music business 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 famous violinists in the world. 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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Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Itzhak Perlman Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

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Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Hilary Hahn Classical music

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Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Menuhin Classical music, Jazz

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Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Maxim Vengerov Classical music

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Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Joshua Bell Classical music

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David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
David Garrett Classical music, Crossover

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Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Janine Jansen Classical music

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Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Anne-Sophie Mutter Classical music

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Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Julia Fischer Classical music

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Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Isaac Stern Classical music

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Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Pinchas Zukerman Classical music

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Leonidas Kavakos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Leonidas Kavakos Classical

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Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Sarah Chang Classical

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Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Gil Shaham Classical music

The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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Midori Goto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Midori Goto Classical music

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Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Menuhin

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Samvel Yervinyan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
ElijahBrents added Samvel Yervinyan Plays with Greek composer Yanni

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James Ehnes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added James Ehnes

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Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Gidon Kremer Classical music

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Vadim Repin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Vadim Repin Classical music

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Nikolay Madoyan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
ErnestBakchinian added Nikolay Madoyan

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Frank Peter Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World

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Lisa Batiashvili is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
rbaer added Lisa Batiashvili Chamber music, Classical music

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Nikolay Madoyan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
ErnestBakchinian added Nikolay Madoyan

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Shlomo Mintz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Shlomo Mintz Classical

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Viktoria Mullova is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Viktoria Mullova Classical music

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Salvatore Accardo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Salvatore Accardo Classical

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Kyung-Wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Kyung-Wha Chung Classical

The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time

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Nikolaj Znaider is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Dragan Stevanovic added Nikolaj Znaider

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Yehudi Muhin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Muhin

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Ida Haendel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Ida Haendel Classical

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Alexander Markov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Alexander Markov Classical music

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Karen Gomyo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Karen Gomyo

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Yehudi Muhin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Muhin

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N. Rajam is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Chirag Mishra added N. Rajam Hindustani classical music - She is a living legend and should be in the upper parts of this list.  

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Ivry Gitlis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Ivry Gitlis Classical

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Vasko Abadjiev is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Sava Dimitrov added Vasko Abadjiev

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Nemanja Radulovic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Nemanja Radulovic Classical

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Angèle Dubeau is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added Angèle Dubeau

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Corey Cerovsek is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added Corey Cerovsek

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Nigel Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Nigel Kennedy Classic rock, Classical music, www.BaroqueMusic.org/

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Rachel Barton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Rachel Barton Classical music, Heavy metal, Baroque music

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Radhakrishna S is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
NeyveliRadhakrishna added Radhakrishna S INDIAN CLASSICAL, CARNATIC, JAZZ - 

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Philippe Quint is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
garag added Philippe Quint Classical music

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Lindsey Stirling is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lindsey Stirling Hip hop music, Dubstep, Electronic music