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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!
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308 151
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Niccolò Paganini Romantic music, Classical music

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2
309 155
Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Jascha Heifetz Classical music

3
257 153
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Itzhak Perlman Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

4
201 113
David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
David Oistrakh Classical music

5
75 31
David Ragsdale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Rick Yon added David Ragsdale Rock music, Progressive rock

6
158 101
Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Fritz Kreisler Classical music

7
122 75
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slaft added Robby Steinhardt Rock music, Progressive rock

8
148 103
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Yehudi Menuhin Classical music, Jazz

9
135 94
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Niccolò Paganini Classical

10
103 80
Nathan Milstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Nathan Milstein Classical music

11
131 114
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
David Garrett Classical music, Crossover

12
153 137
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Hilary Hahn Classical music

13
109 93
Pablo de Sarasate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Pablo de Sarasate Classical music

14
91 78
Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Leonid Kogan Classical music

15
89 79
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Janine Jansen Classical music

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95 88
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Isaac Stern Classical music

17
66 56
Henryk Szeryng is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Henryk Szeryng Classical, Baroque

18
90 84
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Anne-Sophie Mutter Classical music

19
88 83
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Pinchas Zukerman Classical music

20
52 43
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Antonio Vivaldi Classical music, Baroque music

21
103 102
Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Sarah Chang Classical

22
105 105
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Joshua Bell Classical music

23
60 54
Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Arthur Grumiaux Classical music

24
58 55
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Henryk Wieniawski Classical

25
37 31
Mark Wood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Dylan Trautman added Mark Wood Heavy metal, Hard rock, Symphonic rock

26
60 62
Kyung-Wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Kyung-Wha Chung Classical

27
52 54
Stéphane Grappelli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Stéphane Grappelli Swing music, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion

28
51 55
Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Gidon Kremer Classical music

29
41 43
Joseph Szigeti is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Joseph Szigeti Classical

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41 44
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

31
44 49
Eugène Ysaÿe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Eugène Ysaÿe Classical music

32
44 51
Michael Rabin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Michael Rabin Classical

33
44 51
Shlomo Mintz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Shlomo Mintz Classical

34
21 21
Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
TimMüller added Julia Fischer Classical music

35
48 60
Ida Haendel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Ida Haendel Classical

36
13 15
George Enescu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Dan Dănilă added George Enescu Opera, Classical music

37
37 51
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Arcangelo Corelli Baroque music

38
17 22
Ruggiero Ricci is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
yosof007 added Ruggiero Ricci

39
49 69
Karen Briggs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
reginald.shipley added Karen Briggs

40
25 34
Salvatore Accardo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
IgnacioFarías added Salvatore Accardo

41
15 20
Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Łukasz Piotrowski added Gil Shaham Classical music

42
29 41
Leonidas Kavakos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
χαράλαμπος-αθανασόπουλος added Leonidas Kavakos

43
33 48
Henry Vieuxtemps is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Henry Vieuxtemps Classical

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2 2
Karen Gomyo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Karen Gomyo

45
34 50
Giuseppe Tartini is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Giuseppe Tartini Baroque music

46
31 46
Ole Bull is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Ole Bull Classical music

47
1 1
Nigel Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Amir Knežević added Nigel Kennedy Classic rock, Classical music, www.BaroqueMusic.org/

48
22 34
Jean-Luc Ponty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
slaft added Jean-Luc Ponty Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

49
20 31
James Ehnes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
frédéric-gaudette added James Ehnes

50
0 1
Vasko Abadjiev is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Sava Dimitrov added Vasko Abadjiev