Classical 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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209 115
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

2
84 47
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Classical music, Jazz

3
129 89
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

4
200 149
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

5
42 18
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Menuhin

6
115 82
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

7
79 55
Leonidas Kavakos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

8
53 34
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Classical music

9
139 114
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

10
79 59
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

11
100 80
Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

12
95 76
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

13
153 143
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music, Crossover

14
47 41
Midori Goto is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

15
50 45
Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

16
38 34
James Ehnes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added

17
76 76
Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical

18
16 11
Ray Chen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Rizheng Jiang added Classical music

19
43 41
Vadim Repin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

20
23 19
Samvel Yervinyan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
ElijahBrents added

Plays with Greek composer Yanni

21
52 51
Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

22
37 35
Frank Peter Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World

23
27 24
Lisa Batiashvili is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
rbaer added Chamber music, Classical music

24
30 29
Viktoria Mullova is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music

25
7 3
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
PigwaMuu added