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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
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
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass
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Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass
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David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass
5
Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music
6
Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass
7
Adam Steffey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass, Old-time
8
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz
9
Doyle Lawson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass, Gospel music
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Mike Compton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Country
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Bill Monroe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
DavidJuhl added 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
Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music
14
Tim O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
gfisher23 added Bluegrass, Country
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Rhonda Vincent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country
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Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Klezmer
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Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
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
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Wayne Benson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass
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Hamilton de Holanda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Choro, Samba, Jazz
21
Caterina Lichtenberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Caterina Lichtenberg Classical
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Frank Solivan II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
GeorgeBluegrass added
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Carlo Aonzo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Classical, Italian
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bgpgc added Vitek Hanulik new acoustic, bluegrass
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Peter Ostroushko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Americana, Folk music