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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181 93
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

2
63 34
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Classical music, Jazz

3
168 123
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

4
109 76
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

5
94 67
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

6
119 91
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

7
85 63
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

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42 25
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Classical music

9
68 49
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

10
144 119
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music, Crossover

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25 11
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Menuhin

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88 70
Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

13
60 46
Leonidas Kavakos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

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35 24
James Ehnes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added

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21 11
Samvel Yervinyan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
ElijahBrents added

Plays with Greek composer Yanni

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69 61
Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

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50 43
Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

18
45 39
Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

19
40 34
Midori Goto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

20
23 17
Lisa Batiashvili is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
rbaer added Chamber music, Classical music

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40 35
Vadim Repin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

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35 30
Frank Peter Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World

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28 24
Viktoria Mullova is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

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8 5
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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8 5
Nikolay Madoyan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
ErnestBakchinian added Nikolay Madoyan

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33 33
Shlomo Mintz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

27
26 26
Alexander Markov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

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25 25
Salvatore Accardo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

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32 33
Kyung-Wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

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8 6
Ray Chen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Rizheng Jiang added Classical music

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3 1
Nicola Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
HenryOakland added Classical music

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9 9
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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1 0
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
PigwaMuu added

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1 0
Alexandra Stefanato is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
AbdElhamidElsayedHalayeb added Alexandra Stefanato

Classical music

 

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3 3
Nikolaj Znaider is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Dragan Stevanovic added Nikolaj Znaider

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24 28
Ida Haendel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

37
0 1
Milan Neil Amin-Smith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
coldharbor612 added Milan Neil Amin-Smith

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7 10
Yehudi Muhin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Muhin

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8 12
Karen Gomyo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Karen Gomyo

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2 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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1 4
N. Rajam is listed (or ranked) 41 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) 42 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
AlpanBalkis added

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14 21
Ivry Gitlis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

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16 24
Nemanja Radulovic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Nemanja Radulovic Classical

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12 19
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Ramon Radosav added Liviu Prunaru

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4 11
Angèle Dubeau is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added

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3 10
Corey Cerovsek is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added

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12 24
Rachel Barton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music, Heavy metal, Baroque music

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20 37
Nigel Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classic rock, Classical music, www.BaroqueMusic.org/

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8 25
Philippe Quint is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
garag added Classical music