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Famous Female Violists

Updated June 14, 2019 20.1k views30 items

List of famous female violists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female violists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being violists. There are thousand of females working as violists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic violists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a violist then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list is made up of many different people, including Veronika Hagen and Martha Strongin Katz.

While this isn't a list of all female violists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female violists?" and "Who are the best female violists?"
  • Jennifer Stumm
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    Jennifer Stumm is an American violist.... more on Wikipedia
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      Tabea Zimmermann

      Tabea Zimmermann, born on 8 October 1966 in Lahr, is a German violist. She began learning to play the viola at the age of three, and commenced piano studies at age five. At the age of 13, she studied viola with Ulrich Koch at the Conservatory of Freiburg and progressed to study with Sándor Végh at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg. She soon gained notice in international competitions, winning first prizes in Genève, Budapest, and the Maurice Vieux International Viola Competition in Paris for which she was awarded a superb instrument made by contemporary luthier Étienne Vatelot which she has played in her worldwide concert tours ever since. As a soloist she has performed with numerous... more on Wikipedia
      • Age: 53
      • Birthplace: Lahr, Germany
    • Kim Kashkashian (Armenian: Քիմ Քաշքաշյան), born August 31, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan, is a Grammy-award winning Armenian-American violist.... more on Wikipedia
      • Age: 68
      • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
    • Jocelyn Pook
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      Jocelyn Pook (; born 14 February 1960) is an English composer, pianist and viola player.... more on Wikipedia
      • Age: 60
      • Birthplace: Solihull, United Kingdom