Famous Violinists from Russia

List of notable or famous violinists from Russia, with bios and photos, including the top violinists born in Russia and even some popular violinists who immigrated to Russia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Russian 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 Russia is included when available.

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

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  • Aleksey Igudesman
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    Aleksey Mikhailovich Igudesman (Russian: Алексей Михайлович Игу́десман; born 22 February 1973) is a Russian-German violinist, composer, conductor, comedian and actor. He performs in the comedy-musical duo Igudesman & Joo.
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Arcady Dubensky
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    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1890-1966)
    • Birthplace: Kirov, Russia
  • David Blok
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    David Blok was a film score composer.
    • Age: Dec. at 59 (1888-1948)
    • Birthplace: Taganrog, Russia
  • Dmitry Sitkovetsky
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    Dmitry Yulianovich Sitkovetsky (Russian: Дмитрий Юлианович Ситковецкий; born September 27, 1954) is a Soviet-Russian born classical violinist, conductor and arranger, notably of the orchestral version of J S Bach's Goldberg Variations[1][2].
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Efrem Zimbalist
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    Efrem Zimbalist Sr. (April 21, 1889 – February 22, 1985) was a concert violinist, composer, teacher, conductor and director of the Curtis Institute of Music.
    • Age: Dec. at 95 (1889-1985)
    • Birthplace: Rostov-on-Don, Russia
  • Emil Cooper
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    Emil Albertovich Cooper (Russian: Эмиль Альбертович Купер, Russian pronunciation: [ɪˈmʲilʲ ɐlʲˈbʲɛrtɐvʲɪt͡ɕ ˈkupʲɪr]), also known as Emil Kuper (December 13 [OS December 1], 1877, Kherson, Ukraine, then in Russian Empire – November 16, 1960, New York) was a Russian conductor and violinist, of English ancestry. He graduated music school in Odessa, Ukraine as violinist and composer. Until 1898 he played recitals as violinist and learned conducting independently. He also studied conducting with Arthur Nikisch. In 1899, together with tenor Leonid Sobinov and bass Feodor Chaliapin, he toured Russian cities conducting opera. He conducted in many venues in Russia, Western Europe and the United ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1877-1960)
    • Birthplace: Kherson, Ukraine