Bands/Musicians The Best Mandolinists in the World  

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List Rules Living mandolin players only

This list has been voted on by the community to rank the absolute best mandolin players in the world today. Who are the best living mandolinists? These best mandolin players in the world include men and women who have mastered the mandolin and become the best in their respective genres. Cast your votes below for the best mandolinists living today.

The mandolin is an Italian stringed instrument with strings. It is from the lute family and comes in many varieties, but the most famous is the Neopolitan. The mandolin is used in Italian, classical, folk, bluegrass, and rock music. These best mandolin players in the world are from different genres but are all greatly adept at their instrument.

The best mandolinists on this list have the ability to execute flawless music whether its a rehearsed piece or something improvised. These musicians have helped define their respective musical times and produce entertaining, engaging music.

The best living mandolin players are from all over the world and include musicians like Chris Thile, Andy Statman, Sam Bush, and Sierra Hull. To become one of the best mandolin players in the world takes great commitment, a strong work ethic, and dedication. Who is the best mandolinist in the world? Vote up the greatest living mandolin players below.

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Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Chris Thile Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

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Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Sam Bush Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Sierra Hull Bluegrass

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David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
David Grisman Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Ricky Skaggs Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Ronnie McCoury Bluegrass

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Adam Steffey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Adam Steffey Bluegrass, Old-time

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Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Mike Marshall Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz

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Doyle Lawson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Doyle Lawson Bluegrass, Gospel music

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Mike Compton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Mike Compton Country

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Bill Monroe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
DavidJuhl added Bill Monroe Traditional bluegrass, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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MichaelRamsey added Aaron Ramsey Mountain Heart Bluegrass, Americana, Blues

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Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Marty Stuart Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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Tim O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
gfisher23 added Tim O'Brien Bluegrass, Country

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Rhonda Vincent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Rhonda Vincent Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

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Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Andy Statman Klezmer

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Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Sarah Jarosz Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

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John Reischman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
gfisher23 added John Reischman

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Wayne Benson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Wayne Benson Bluegrass

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Hamilton de Holanda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Hamilton de Holanda Choro, Samba, Jazz

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Frank Solivan II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
GeorgeBluegrass added Frank Solivan II

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Caterina Lichtenberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Caterina Lichtenberg Classical

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Carlo Aonzo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Carlo Aonzo Classical, Italian

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Peter Ostroushko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Peter Ostroushko Americana, Folk music

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Chris Acquavella is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
mjcupp added Chris Acquavella Classical

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Fabio Machado is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
-1452022636736 added Fabio Machado Classical music

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Evan J. Marshall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
JonathanBluemel added Evan J. Marshall

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Sharon Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
TravisBreckon added Sharon Gilchrist Americana, Bluegrass, Country

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Joe K. Walsh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
TreyYoung added Joe K. Walsh

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Alan Bibey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
gfisher23 added Alan Bibey

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Don Stiernberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World

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Neil Gladd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
AlanOresky added Neil Gladd

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Radim Zenkl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
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Drew Emmitt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
incaroads added Drew Emmitt Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

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Bernie Leadon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Jdwalther added Bernie Leadon Rock music, Country rock, Country

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Jacob Jolliff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
ChrisRowe added Jacob Jolliff

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Tony Williamson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
cloucks added Tony Williamson

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Kym Warner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
ChrisRowe added Kym Warner Bluegrass, Country

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Michael Kang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
JordanKnowles added Michael Kang Alternative rock, Jam band

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Danny Roberts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Danny Roberts Bluegrass

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Johnny Staats is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
DennisLundblad added Johnny Staats Bluegrass

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Alon Sariel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
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Avi Avital is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Avi Avital Folk, Classical

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Martino Coppo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Martino Coppo Bluegrass

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Eva Scow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
KariGrindland added Eva Scow

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Cory Piatt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
JoeXiques added Cory Piatt

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Emory Lester is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Emory Lester Bluegrass

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Eli Wildman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
dwildman added Eli Wildman