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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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544 158
Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Sam Bush Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

3
281 153
Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Sierra Hull Bluegrass

4
382 144
David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
David Grisman Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

5
782 397
Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Ricky Skaggs Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

6
350 137
Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Ronnie McCoury Bluegrass

7
294 131
Adam Steffey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Adam Steffey Bluegrass, Old-time

8
277 130
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Mike Marshall Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz

9
188 167
Doyle Lawson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Doyle Lawson Bluegrass, Gospel music

10
259 131
Mike Compton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Mike Compton Country

11
302 155
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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223 150
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MichaelRamsey added Aaron Ramsey Mountain Heart Bluegrass, Americana, Blues

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254 194
Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Marty Stuart Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

14
160 186
Rhonda Vincent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Rhonda Vincent Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

15
92 66
Tim O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
gfisher23 added Tim O'Brien Bluegrass, Country

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117 112
Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Andy Statman Klezmer

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61 66
John Reischman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
gfisher23 added John Reischman

18
105 127
Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Sarah Jarosz Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

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107 102
Wayne Benson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Wayne Benson Bluegrass

20
69 100
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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45 32
Frank Solivan II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
GeorgeBluegrass added Frank Solivan II

22
82 86
Caterina Lichtenberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Caterina Lichtenberg Classical

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138 88
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bgpgc added Vitek Hanulik new acoustic, bluegrass

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97 115
Carlo Aonzo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Carlo Aonzo Classical, Italian

25
61 110
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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11 1
Fabio Machado is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
-1452022636736 added Fabio Machado Classical music

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72 86
Chris Acquavella is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
mjcupp added Chris Acquavella Classical

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41 45
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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8 22
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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27 66
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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109 92
Don Stiernberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World

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24 30
Neil Gladd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
AlanOresky added Neil Gladd

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38 61
Alan Bibey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
gfisher23 added Alan Bibey

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42 63
Radim Zenkl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
JohnCline added Radim Zenkl

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7 9
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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4 6
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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9 19
Jacob Jolliff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
ChrisRowe added Jacob Jolliff

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12 25
Kym Warner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
ChrisRowe added Kym Warner Bluegrass, Country

39
11 24
Tony Williamson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
cloucks added Tony Williamson

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9 23
Michael Kang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
JordanKnowles added Michael Kang Alternative rock, Jam band

41
110 125
Danny Roberts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Danny Roberts Bluegrass

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11 28
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tomedskes added Sebastiaan De Grebber classical

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7 25
Alon Sariel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
BobItami added Alon Sariel

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71 85
Avi Avital is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Avi Avital Folk, Classical

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68 82
Martino Coppo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Martino Coppo Bluegrass

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3 16
Eva Scow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
KariGrindland added Eva Scow

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0 5
Cory Piatt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
JoeXiques added Cory Piatt

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3 17
Johnny Staats is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
DennisLundblad added Johnny Staats Bluegrass

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62 88
Emory Lester is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Emory Lester Bluegrass

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6 35
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SteveSorensen added Randy Jones Bluegrass