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The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best musicians who played classical violin

The violin is a stringed instrument with four strings, tuned in perfect fifths. The violin is notably difficult to master, and is commonly featured in orchestras and classical pieces. The violin has been and will always be an important instrument in any symphony. Some of the best classical violinists, like those on this list, often perform solo as well, showcasing their enormous talent on the violin.

Who are the greatest classical violinists of all time? This list features the absolute greatest classical violinists in history. These are the musicians who have had the unique ability to capture our hearts with the violin.

Vote up the best classical violinists of all time below, or add the violinist you think is the greatest of all time, if he or she isn't already on the list.
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David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Baroque music
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Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Pablo de Sarasate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Classical music
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Eugène Ysaÿe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Classical music
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Henryk Szeryng is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Nathan Milstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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George Enescu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Sergey Khachatryan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Ida Haendel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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Kyung-Wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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