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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160 90
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Itzhak Perlman Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

2
54 27
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Menuhin Classical music, Jazz

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102 70
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Maxim Vengerov Classical music

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156 116
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Hilary Hahn Classical music

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110 80
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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85 61
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Anne-Sophie Mutter Classical music

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134 107
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
David Garrett Classical music, Crossover

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77 58
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Janine Jansen Classical music

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79 62
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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19 6
Samvel Yervinyan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
ElijahBrents added Samvel Yervinyan Plays with Greek composer Yanni

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60 45
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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32 20
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Isaac Stern Classical music

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51 42
Leonidas Kavakos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Leonidas Kavakos Classical

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18 9
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Menuhin

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30 22
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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46 40
Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Gil Shaham Classical music

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38 32
Midori Goto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Midori Goto Classical music

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62 57
Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Sarah Chang Classical

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34 29
Frank Peter Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World

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8 2
Nikolay Madoyan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
ErnestBakchinian added Nikolay Madoyan

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40 37
Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Gidon Kremer Classical music

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36 33
Vadim Repin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Vadim Repin Classical music

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20 16
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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7 2
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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31 31
Shlomo Mintz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Shlomo Mintz Classical

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24 24
Ida Haendel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Ida Haendel Classical

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23 23
Salvatore Accardo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Salvatore Accardo Classical

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23 23
Viktoria Mullova is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Viktoria Mullova Classical music

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23 24
Alexander Markov is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Alexander Markov Classical music

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29 31
Kyung-Wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Kyung-Wha Chung Classical

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8 7
Yehudi Muhin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Muhin

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3 2
Nikolaj Znaider is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Dragan Stevanovic added Nikolaj Znaider

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3 2
Ray Chen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Rizheng Jiang added Ray Chen Classical music

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7 9
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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14 18
Ivry Gitlis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Ivry Gitlis Classical

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8 11
Karen Gomyo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Karen Gomyo

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12 17
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N. Rajam is listed (or ranked) 38 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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0 3
Suna Kan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
AlpanBalkis added Suna Kan

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1 5
Vasko Abadjiev is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Sava Dimitrov added Vasko Abadjiev

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14 24
Nemanja Radulovic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Nemanja Radulovic Classical

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4 11
Angèle Dubeau is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added Angèle Dubeau

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3 10
Corey Cerovsek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added Corey Cerovsek

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11 23
Rachel Barton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Rachel Barton Classical music, Heavy metal, Baroque music

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17 34
Nigel Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Nigel Kennedy Classic rock, Classical music, www.BaroqueMusic.org/

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7 23
Radhakrishna S is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
NeyveliRadhakrishna added Radhakrishna S INDIAN CLASSICAL, CARNATIC, JAZZ - 

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7 24
Philippe Quint is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
garag added Philippe Quint Classical music

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23 55
Lindsey Stirling is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lindsey Stirling Hip hop music, Dubstep, Electronic music