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.

1
190 104
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

2
184 129
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

3
118 82
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

4
67 42
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Classical music, Jazz

5
100 74
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

6
127 98
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

7
91 68
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

8
73 53
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

9
94 74
Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

10
46 30
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Classical music

11
67 51
Leonidas Kavakos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

12
147 128
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music, Crossover

13
26 15
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Menuhin

14
37 27
James Ehnes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added

15
72 65
Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

16
48 41
Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

17
43 36
Midori Goto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

18
21 14
Samvel Yervinyan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
ElijahBrents added

Plays with Greek composer Yanni

19
50 46
Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

20
41 37
Vadim Repin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

21
24 19
Lisa Batiashvili is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
rbaer added Chamber music, Classical music

22
36 32
Frank Peter Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World

23
30 26
Viktoria Mullova is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

24
5 1
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
PigwaMuu added

25
34 35
Shlomo Mintz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical