Bands/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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1
243 138
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz
2
276 161
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
3
52 20
Ray Chen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Rizheng Jiang added Classical music
4
151 102
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
5
134 93
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
6
98 65
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Classical music, Jazz
7
164 127
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
8
97 68
Leonidas Kavakos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical
9
113 84
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
10
52 29
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Yehudi Menuhin
11
116 88
Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
12
62 43
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Lengo67 added Classical music
13
89 69
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
14
165 161
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music, Crossover
15
90 87
Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical
16
48 44
James Ehnes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
gnicholls added
17
12 5
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
PigwaMuu added
18
55 52
Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
19
45 42
Frank Peter Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
20
34 30
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
51 49
Midori Goto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
22
17 12
Nicola Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
HenryOakland added Classical music
23
33 30
Lisa Batiashvili is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
rbaer added Chamber music, Classical music
24
56 58
Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music
25
47 49
Vadim Repin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Violinists in the World
Classical music