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List of notable or famous violinists from Italy, with bios and photos, including the top violinists born in Italy and even some popular violinists who immigrated to Italy. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Italian violinists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These violinists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known violinist from Italy is included when available.

List features Niccolò Paganini, Ottorino Respighi and more.

This historic violinists from Italy list can help answer the questions "Who are some Italian violinists of note?" and "Who are the most famous violinists from Italy?" These prominent violinists of Italy may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Italian violinists.

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Alessandro Marcello is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 74 (1673-1747) Alessandro Ignazio Marcello was an Italian nobleman and musician.

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Alessandro Rolla is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 84 (1757-1841) Alessandro Rolla was an Italian viola and violin virtuoso, composer, conductor and teacher. His son, Antonio Rolla, was also a violin virtuoso and composer. His fame now rests mainly as ...more

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Angelo Francesco Lavagnino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 78 (1909-1987) Angelo Francesco Lavagnino was an Italian composer. He is best known for writing the scores to dozens of films, including The Naked Maja, Legend of the Lost, Gorgo, Daisy Miller, and two ...more

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Antonio Bazzini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 79 (1818-1897) Antonio Joseph Bazzini was an Italian violinist, composer and teacher. As a composer his most enduring work is his chamber music which has earned him a central place in the Italian instrumental ...more

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Antonio Capuzzi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 63 (1755-1818) Giuseppe Antonio Capuzzi was an Italian violinist and composer. Although popular in his day, most of his music is now forgotten. The most commonly performed piece today is his concerto for ...more

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Antonio Lolli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 72 (1730-1802) Antonio Lolli was an Italian violinist and composer.

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Balthasar de Beaujoyeulx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Balthasar de Beaujoyeulx, originally Baldassare de Belgiojoso was an Italian violinist, composer, and choreographer.

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Biagio Marini is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 69 (1594-1663) Biagio Marini was an Italian virtuoso violinist and composer of the first half of the seventeenth century. Marini was born in Brescia. He may have studied with his uncle Giacinto Bondioli. His ...more

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Camillo Sivori is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 79 (1815-1894) Ernesto Camillo Sivori, was an Italian virtuoso violinist and composer. Born in Genoa, he was a pupil of Paganini. He also studied with Restano, Giacomo Costa and Dellepiane. From 1827 Sivori ...more

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Carlo Farina is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 39 (1600-1639) Carlo Farina was an Italian composer, conductor and violinist of the Early Baroque era.

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Carlo Tessarini is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 76 (1690-1766) Carlo Tessarini, was an Italian composer and violinist in the late Baroque era. Tessarini was born 1690 in Rimini and died in Amsterdam, Netherlands aged 76.

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Cesare Pugni is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 68 (1802-1870) Cesare Pugni was an Italian composer of ballet music, a pianist and a violinist. In his early career he composed operas, symphonies, and various other forms of orchestral music. Pugni is most ...more

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Chevalier Carlo Albanesi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Chevalier Carlo Albanesi

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Cleofonte Campanini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 59 (1860-1919) Cleofonte Campanini was an Italian conductor. His brother was the tenor Italo Campanini. Born in Parma, Campanini studied music at that city's conservatory, making his debut with a performance ...more

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Davidé Rossi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
age 47 Davide Rossi is a violinist, string arranger, composer, conductor and a record producer, perhaps best known for having been the violinist, guitar and keytar-player for the British electronic ...more

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Domenico Gallo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 38 (1730-1768) Domenico Gallo was an Italian composer and violinist. Born in Venice in 1730, Gallo composed mostly church music, including a Stabat Mater. Gallo also composed violin sonatas, symphonies and ...more

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Domenico Nordio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
age 47 Domenico Nordio is an Italian violinist who was born in Piove di Sacco. Nordio studied violin with Corrado Romano and Michèle Auclair. He began his concert career very young, winning the ...more

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Enrico Gatti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
age 63 Enrico Gatti is a violinist, known for playing Baroque music. Gatti was born in Perugia, Italy. He graduated from the Geneva Conservatory as a student of Chiara Banchini and the Royal ...more

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Evaristo Felice dall'Abaco is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 67 (1675-1742) Evaristo Felice dall'Abaco was an Italian composer and cellist.

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Fabio Biondi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
age 57 Fabio Biondi is an Italian violinist and conductor. Born in Palermo, Sicily, Biondi had a late start, never having even held a violin till age 11, but by the following year he had advanced so ...more

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Felice Giardini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 80 (1716-1796) Felice Giardini was an Italian composer and violinist.

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Francesco Geminiani is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 75 (1687-1762) Francesco Saverio Geminiani was an Italian violinist, composer, and music theorist.

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Francesco Maria Veracini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 78 (1690-1768) Francesco Maria Veracini was an Italian composer and violinist, perhaps best known for his sets of violin sonatas. As a composer, according to Manfred Bukofzer, "His individual, if not ...more

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Francesco Onofrio Manfredini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 78 (1684-1762) Francesco Onofrio Manfredini was an Italian Baroque composer, violinist, and church musician. He was born at Pistoia to a trombonist. He studied violin with Giuseppe Torelli in Bologna, then a ...more

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Gaetano Pugnani is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 67 (1731-1798) Gaetano Pugnani was born in Turin. He trained on the violin under Giovanni Battista Somis. In 1752, Pugnani became the first violinist of the Royal Chapel of Turin. Then he went on a large tour ...more

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Giovanni Battista Bassani is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 69 (1647-1716) Giovanni Battista Bassani was an Italian composer, violinist, and organist. Battista was born in Padua. It is thought that he studied in Venice under Daniele Castrovillari and in Ferrara under ...more

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Giovanni Battista Buonamente is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 47 (1595-1642) Giovanni Battista Buonamente was an Italian composer and violinist in the early Baroque era. He served the Gonzagas in Mantua until about 1622, and from about 1626 to 1630 served the Holy Roman ...more

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Giovanni Battista Fontana is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 59 (1571-1630) Giovanni Battista Fontana was an Italian [Baroque] composer and violinist. He was born in Brescia, and worked there and in Rome and Padova. He died in Padova during a plague. Nearly all ...more

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Giovanni Battista Pergolesi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 26 (1710-1736) Giovanni Battista Draghi, best known as Pergolesi or Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, was an Italian composer, violinist and organist.

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Giovanni Battista Somis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 77 (1686-1763) Giovanni Battista Somis was an Italian violinist and composer of the Baroque music era. He studied under Arcangelo Corelli between 1703 and 1706 or 1707. He was later appointed solo violinist to ...more

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Giovanni Battista Viotti is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 69 (1755-1824) Giovanni Battista Viotti was an Italian violinist whose virtuosity was famed and whose work as a composer featured a prominent violin and an appealing lyrical tunefulness. He was also a director ...more

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Giovanni Battista Vitali is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 60 (1632-1692) Giovanni Battista Vitali was an Italian composer and violone player. Vitali was born in Bologna and spent all of his life in the Emilian region, moving to Modena in 1674. His teacher in his ...more

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Giovanni Benedetto Platti is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 66 (1697-1763) Giovanni Benedetto Platti was an Italian oboist and composer.

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Giovanni Ricordi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 68 (1785-1853) Giovanni Ricordi was an Italian violinist and the founder of the classical music publishing company Casa Ricordi, described by musicologist Philip Gossett as "a genius and positive force in ...more

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Giuliano Carmignola is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
age 67 Giuliano Carmignola is an Italian violinist. Born in Treviso, he studied with his father, then with Luigi Ferro at the Venice Conservatory and afterwards with Nathan Milstein and Franco Gulli at ...more

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Giuseppe Cambini is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 79 (1746-1825) Giuseppe Maria Gioacchino Cambini was an Italian composer and violinist. Born in Livorno, it is likely that Cambini studied violin with Filippo Manfredi; the only evidence for this is however ...more

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Giuseppe Matteo Alberti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 66 (1685-1751) Giuseppe Matteo Alberti was an Italian Baroque composer and violinist.

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Henri Piccoli is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Henri Piccoli Henri Piccoli was an actor and violinist.

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Jacopo Melani is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 53 (1623-1676) Jacopo Melani was an Italian composer and violinist of the Baroque era. He was born and died in Pistoia, and was the brother of composer Alessandro Melani and singer Atto Melani.

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Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 58 (1782-1840) Niccolo Paganini is a film score composer.

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Nicola Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
age 30 Nicola Benedetti MBE is a Scottish classical violinist.

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Nicola Matteis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Nicola Matteis was the earliest notable Italian Baroque violinist in London, whom Roger North judged in retrospect "to have bin a second to Corelli," and a composer of significant ...more

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Ottorino Respighi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 57 (1879-1936) Ottorino Respighi was an Italian composer, musicologist and conductor. He is best known for his orchestral music, particularly the three Roman tone poems: Fountains of Rome, Pines of Rome, and ...more

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Pietro Castrucci is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 73 (1679-1752) Pietro Castrucci was an Italian violinist and composer. Castrucci was born in Rome, where he studied with Arcangelo Corelli; in 1715, he settled in London, where he became known as one of the ...more

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Pietro Nardini is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 71 (1722-1793) Pietro Nardini was an Italian composer and violinist, a transitional musician who worked in both the Baroque and Classical-era traditions.

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Salomone Rossi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 60 (1570-1630) Salamone Rossi or Salomone Rossi was an Italian Jewish violinist and composer. He was a transitional figure between the late Italian Renaissance period and early Baroque.

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Salvatore Accardo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
age 76 Salvatore Accardo is an Italian violinist and conductor, who is known for his interpretations of the works of Niccolò Paganini. Accardo studied violin in the southern Italian city of ...more

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Salvatore Greco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Salvatore Greco age 54 Salvatore Greco is an Italian violinist, leader of the Orchestra of Teatro Massimo, Palermo since 1991.

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Tomaso Albinoni is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 80 (1671-1751) Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni was an Italian Baroque composer. While famous in his day as an opera composer, he is mainly remembered today for his instrumental music, such as the concertos, some of ...more

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Tomaso Antonio Vitali is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Violinists from Italy
Died at 82 (1663-1745) Tomaso Antonio Vitali was an Italian composer and violinist from Bologna, the eldest son of Giovanni Battista Vitali. He is known mainly for a chaconne in G minor for violin and continuo, which ...more