Bands/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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219 120
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz
2
213 153
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
3
136 91
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
4
88 54
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Classical music, Jazz
5
120 83
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
6
45 21
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Menuhin
7
85 57
Leonidas Kavakos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical
8
148 115
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
9
104 82
Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
10
82 62
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
11
55 37
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Classical music
12
99 79
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
13
157 147
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music, Crossover
14
51 47
Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
15
47 43
Midori Goto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
16
21 15
Ray Chen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Rizheng Jiang added Classical music
17
80 79
Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical
18
39 36
James Ehnes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added
19
44 43
Vadim Repin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
20
52 52
Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
21
24 21
Samvel Yervinyan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
ElijahBrents added

Plays with Greek composer Yanni

22
32 30
Viktoria Mullova is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
23
38 37
Frank Peter Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
24
27 25
Lisa Batiashvili is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
rbaer added Chamber music, Classical music
25
8 4
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
PigwaMuu added