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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686 219
Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

2
558 163
Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

3
299 161
Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass

4
392 147
David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

5
788 401
Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

6
354 139
Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass

7
297 135
Adam Steffey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass, Old-time

8
285 132
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz

9
192 168
Doyle Lawson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass, Gospel music

10
261 134
Mike Compton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Country

11
314 157
Bill Monroe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
DavidJuhl added Traditional bluegrass, Bluegrass, Gospel music

12
224 152
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MichaelRamsey added Aaron Ramsey Mountain Heart Bluegrass, Americana, Blues

13
265 197
Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

14
99 67
Tim O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
gfisher23 added Bluegrass, Country

15
164 190
Rhonda Vincent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

16
119 113
Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Klezmer

17
109 128
Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

18
63 67
John Reischman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
gfisher23 added

19
110 104
Wayne Benson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass

20
71 101
Hamilton de Holanda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Choro, Samba, Jazz

21
46 34
Frank Solivan II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
GeorgeBluegrass added

22
84 90
Caterina Lichtenberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Caterina Lichtenberg Classical

23
139 92
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bgpgc added Vitek Hanulik new acoustic, bluegrass

24
100 120
Carlo Aonzo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Classical, Italian

25
64 112
Peter Ostroushko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Americana, Folk music

26
13 4
Fabio Machado is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
-1452022636736 added Classical music

27
73 91
Chris Acquavella is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
mjcupp added Chris Acquavella Classical

28
12 24
Sharon Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
TravisBreckon added Americana, Bluegrass, Country

29
42 47
Evan J. Marshall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
JonathanBluemel added Evan J. Marshall

30
30 67
Joe K. Walsh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
TreyYoung added Joe K. Walsh

31
44 62
Alan Bibey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
gfisher23 added

32
112 93
Don Stiernberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World

33
24 32
Neil Gladd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
AlanOresky added Neil Gladd

34
42 66
Radim Zenkl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
JohnCline added

35
7 11
Drew Emmitt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
incaroads added Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

36
4 8
Bernie Leadon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Jdwalther added Rock music, Country rock, Country

37
11 20
Jacob Jolliff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
ChrisRowe added Jacob Jolliff

38
13 25
Tony Williamson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
cloucks added

39
12 27
Kym Warner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
ChrisRowe added Bluegrass, Country

40
114 126
Danny Roberts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Danny Roberts Bluegrass

41
10 25
Michael Kang is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
JordanKnowles added Alternative rock, Jam band

42
7 18
Johnny Staats is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
DennisLundblad added Bluegrass

43
11 31
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tomedskes added Sebastiaan De Grebber classical

44
76 87
Avi Avital is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Folk, Classical

45
70 85
Martino Coppo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Martino Coppo Bluegrass

46
7 28
Alon Sariel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
BobItami added Alon Sariel

47
3 18
Eva Scow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
KariGrindland added

48
63 89
Emory Lester is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass

49
7 37
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SteveSorensen added Randy Jones Bluegrass

50
0 7
Cory Piatt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
JoeXiques added Cory Piatt