Classical 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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63 18
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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49 13
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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45 19
Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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21 6
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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24 10
Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Classical music

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20 7
Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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29 15
David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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19 7
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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23 12
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Baroque music

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17 7
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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22 12
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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12 3
Ida Haendel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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14 5
Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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14 5
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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24 15
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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11 4
George Enescu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
gnicholls added Opera, Classical music

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17 10
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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19 12
Pablo de Sarasate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Classical music

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9 3
Sergey Khachatryan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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10 4
Henryk Szeryng is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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11 5
Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music

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12 7
Josef Suk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Classical

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9 5
Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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7 3
Eugène Ysaÿe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music

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7 3
Zino Francescatti is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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7 3
Nathan Milstein is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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7 3
Ginette Neveu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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17 14
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Opera, Ballet, Art song

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13 10
Kyung-Wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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8 5
Joseph Joachim is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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5 2
Efrem Zimbalist is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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9 8
Michael Rabin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Classical; 20th Century

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7 6
Shlomo Mintz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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6 5
Viktoria Mullova is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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6 5
Adolf Busch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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5 4
Wolfgang Schneiderhan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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4 3
Bronisław Huberman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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3 2
Pierre Rode is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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11 11
Joseph Szigeti is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Classical; 20th Century

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11 11
Giuseppe Tartini is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Baroque music

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5 5
Nicola Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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5 5
Anne Akiko Meyers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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4 4
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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Suna Kan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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3 4
Tossy Spivakovsky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
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11 13
Ivan Galamian is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Classical; 20th Century

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2 3
Josef Hassid is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
markuka85 added Josef Hassid

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2 3
Jaap Schröder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
RohanSrinivasan added Jaap Schröder

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2 3
Vasko Abadjiev is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classical Violinists of All Time
Sava Dimitrov added Vasko Abadjiev