Bands/Musicians The Greatest Violinists of All Time  

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List Rules The absolute best violin players of all time. Vote up the best musicians who played the violin.

If you’re a music enthusiast you’re probably a huge fan of classical music and you most likely realize the affect that classical music has had on all genres of music, including today’s modern styles. Famous composers and musicians shaped the way we play music, the way we enjoy it and the way music is performed to this day. The violin is one of the most important and well known instruments in classical music. Who are the greatest violinists of all time?
 
It’s truly remarkable to think about how a composer would be able to beautifully and masterfully bring a cello, violin, piano, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, and tuba together to produce a sound that could fill an entire room with music! Violin has and will continue to be a key instrument within a symphony; played by itself it can bring tears to the eyes!
 
This list features the absolute greatest violinists in history, ranked by music lovers from best to worst. Vote up the greatest violinists below to see where the musicians you think are the greatest when it comes to violin rank!
list ordered by

1
425 205
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Romantic music, Classical music

2
396 200
Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

3
352 193
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

4
262 144
David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

5
196 122
Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

6
197 132
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

7
190 133
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slaft added Rock music, Progressive rock

8
134 85
David Ragsdale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Rick Yon added Rock music, Progressive rock

9
228 170
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

10
180 130
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Niccolò Paganini Classical

11
104 61
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Classical music, Baroque music

12
143 110
Pablo de Sarasate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

13
134 108
Nathan Milstein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

14
130 104
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

15
121 97
Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

16
35 9
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
00028750 added Classical music

17
85 64
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical

18
178 169
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Crossover

19
120 106
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

20
81 66
Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

21
139 132
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

22
113 103
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

23
83 72
Henryk Szeryng is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical, Baroque

24
71 59
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Opera, Ballet, Art song

25
121 120
Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical