Classical 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

2
112 79
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Hilary Hahn Classical music

3
69 44
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Maxim Vengerov Classical music

4
26 7
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Menuhin Classical music, Jazz

5
95 69
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
David Garrett Classical music, Crossover

6
54 35
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Janine Jansen Classical music

7
68 50
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Joshua Bell Classical music

8
56 40
Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Julia Fischer Classical music

9
56 45
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Anne-Sophie Mutter Classical music

10
41 33
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Pinchas Zukerman Classical music

11
12 6
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Isaac Stern Classical music

12
36 32
Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Gil Shaham Classical music

13
31 27
Leonidas Kavakos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Leonidas Kavakos Classical

14
45 43
Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Sarah Chang Classical

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20 16
James Ehnes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added James Ehnes

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9 4
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Menuhin

17
30 28
Vadim Repin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Vadim Repin Classical music

18
26 24
Shlomo Mintz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Shlomo Mintz Classical

19
25 23
Frank Peter Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World

20
33 32
Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Gidon Kremer Classical music

21
27 26
Midori Goto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Midori Goto Classical music

The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time

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19 19
Viktoria Mullova is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Viktoria Mullova Classical music

23
19 20
Alexander Markov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Alexander Markov Classical music

24
13 13
Lisa Batiashvili is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
rbaer added Lisa Batiashvili Chamber music, Classical music

25
24 27
Kyung-Wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Kyung-Wha Chung Classical

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6 6
Karen Gomyo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Karen Gomyo

27
20 23
Ida Haendel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Ida Haendel Classical

28
4 5
Yehudi Muhin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Muhin

The Hottest Female Classical Musicians

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12 15
Ivry Gitlis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Ivry Gitlis Classical

30
16 20
Salvatore Accardo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Salvatore Accardo Classical

31
11 14
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Ramon Radosav added Liviu Prunaru

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2 4
Yehudi Muhin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Muhin

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0 2
Vasko Abadjiev is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Sava Dimitrov added Vasko Abadjiev

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3 6
Corey Cerovsek is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added Corey Cerovsek

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13 20
Nemanja Radulovic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Nemanja Radulovic Classical

36
3 8
Angèle Dubeau is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added Angèle Dubeau

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14 29
Nigel Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Nigel Kennedy Classic rock, Classical music, www.BaroqueMusic.org/

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17 40
Lindsey Stirling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lindsey Stirling Hip hop music, Dubstep, Electronic music

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5 20
Rachel Barton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Rachel Barton Classical music, Heavy metal, Baroque music

40
4 18
Radhakrishna S is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
NeyveliRadhakrishna added Radhakrishna S INDIAN CLASSICAL, CARNATIC, JAZZ - 

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2 20
Philippe Quint is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
garag added Philippe Quint Classical music