Classical The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time  

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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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116 30
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added David Garrett Classical music, Crossover

2
55 15
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Niccolò Paganini Romantic music, Classical music

3
44 13
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Itzhak Perlman Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

4
40 19
Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Jascha Heifetz Classical music

5
20 6
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Yehudi Menuhin Classical music, Jazz

6
28 13
David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added David Oistrakh Classical music

7
23 9
Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Leonid Kogan Classical music

8
18 6
Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Fritz Kreisler Classical music

9
22 10
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Maxim Vengerov Classical music

10
18 7
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Isaac Stern Classical music

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14 4
Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Arthur Grumiaux Classical music

12
16 6
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Anne-Sophie Mutter Classical music

13
23 13
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Hilary Hahn Classical music

14
13 4
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Pinchas Zukerman Classical music

The Best Classical Pianists in the World

15
21 12
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Antonio Vivaldi Classical music, Baroque music

16
11 3
Ida Haendel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Ida Haendel

17
19 11
Pablo de Sarasate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Pablo de Sarasate Classical music

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9 2
Sergey Khachatryan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Արմեն Ասոյան added Sergey Khachatryan Classical music

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10 3
Henryk Szeryng is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Henryk Szeryng

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11 4
Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
gnicholls added Gidon Kremer Classical music

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10 4
George Enescu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
gnicholls added George Enescu Opera, Classical music

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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12 6
Josef Suk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Josef Suk Classical

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15 10
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Joshua Bell Classical music

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7 2
Nathan Milstein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Nathan Milstein Classical music

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7 2
Zino Francescatti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Zino Francescatti

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7 2
Eugène Ysaÿe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
gnicholls added Eugène Ysaÿe Classical music

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7 2
Ginette Neveu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
gnicholls added Ginette Neveu

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9 4
Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Gil Shaham Classical music

The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time

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13 9
Kyung-Wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Kyung-Wha Chung

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8 4
Joseph Joachim is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Joseph Joachim

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5 1
Efrem Zimbalist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Efrem Zimbalist

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16 14
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

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9 7
Michael Rabin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Michael Rabin Classical; 20th Century

34
7 5
Shlomo Mintz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Shlomo Mintz

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5 3
Wolfgang Schneiderhan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Wolfgang Schneiderhan

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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4 2
Bronisław Huberman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Bronisław Huberman Classical music

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3 1
Pierre Rode is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
RohanSrinivasan added Pierre Rode

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11 10
Joseph Szigeti is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Joseph Szigeti Classical; 20th Century

39
11 10
Giuseppe Tartini is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Giuseppe Tartini Baroque music

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5 4
Viktoria Mullova is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Viktoria Mullova Classical music

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5 4
Adolf Busch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Adolf Busch

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5 4
Anne Akiko Meyers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Anne Akiko Meyers Classical music

The Hottest Female Classical Musicians

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5 4
Nicola Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Nicola Benedetti Classical music

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4 3
Alfredo Campoli is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Alfredo Campoli Classical; 20th Century

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4 4
Midori Goto is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
gnicholls added Midori Goto Classical music

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3 3
Tossy Spivakovsky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
gnicholls added Tossy Spivakovsky

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2 2
Sherban Lupu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
RohanSrinivasan added Sherban Lupu

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2 2
Jaap Schröder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
RohanSrinivasan added Jaap Schröder

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2 2
Vasko Abadjiev is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Sava Dimitrov added Vasko Abadjiev

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2 2
Philippe Hirschorn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Philippe Hirschorn