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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170 91
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

2
61 31
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Classical music, Jazz

3
163 119
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

4
116 83
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

5
104 73
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

6
90 63
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

7
38 21
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Classical music

8
137 111
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music, Crossover

9
80 60
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

10
64 46
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

11
82 65
Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

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22 9
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Menuhin

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20 8
Samvel Yervinyan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
ElijahBrents added Plays with Greek composer Yanni

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53 42
Leonidas Kavakos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

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31 23
James Ehnes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added

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

17
39 32
Midori Goto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

18
64 59
Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

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22 16
Lisa Batiashvili is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
rbaer added Chamber music, Classical music

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34 29
Frank Peter Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World

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38 34
Vadim Repin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

22
41 38
Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

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8 3
Nikolay Madoyan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
ErnestBakchinian added Nikolay Madoyan

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7 3
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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24 23
Viktoria Mullova is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

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32 32
Shlomo Mintz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

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6 3
Ray Chen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Rizheng Jiang added Classical music

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24 24
Salvatore Accardo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

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9 7
Yehudi Muhin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Muhin

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23 24
Alexander Markov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

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

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24 26
Ida Haendel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

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3 2
Nikolaj Znaider is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Dragan Stevanovic added Nikolaj Znaider

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1 0
Nicola Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
HenryOakland added Classical music

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0 0
Milan Neil Amin-Smith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
coldharbor612 added Milan Neil Amin-Smith

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7 9
Yehudi Muhin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Muhin

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8 11
Karen Gomyo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Karen Gomyo

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14 19
Ivry Gitlis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

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12 17
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Ramon Radosav added Liviu Prunaru

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1 4
N. Rajam is listed (or ranked) 40 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) 41 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
AlpanBalkis added

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1 5
Vasko Abadjiev is listed (or ranked) 42 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) 43 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) 44 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added

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3 10
Corey Cerovsek is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added

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12 23
Rachel Barton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music, Heavy metal, Baroque music

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19 36
Nigel Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classic rock, Classical music, www.BaroqueMusic.org/

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7 24
Radhakrishna S is listed (or ranked) 48 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) 49 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
garag added Classical music

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24 60
Lindsey Stirling is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Hip hop music, Dubstep, Electronic music