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!

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358 176
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Niccolò Paganini Romantic music, Classical music

2
342 174
Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Jascha Heifetz Classical music

3
293 171
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Itzhak Perlman Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

4
222 124
David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
David Oistrakh Classical music

5
116 53
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
170 96
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slaft added Robby Steinhardt Rock music, Progressive rock

7
170 109
Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Fritz Kreisler Classical music

8
167 113
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Yehudi Menuhin Classical music, Jazz

9
155 112
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Niccolò Paganini Classical

10
73 48
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Antonio Vivaldi Classical music, Baroque music

11
176 153
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Hilary Hahn Classical music

12
115 93
Nathan Milstein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Nathan Milstein Classical music

13
158 138
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
David Garrett Classical music, Crossover

14
119 99
Pablo de Sarasate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Pablo de Sarasate Classical music

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105 85
Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Leonid Kogan Classical music

16
108 92
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Isaac Stern Classical music

17
106 92
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Anne-Sophie Mutter Classical music

18
74 59
Henryk Szeryng is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Henryk Szeryng Classical, Baroque

19
70 56
Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Arthur Grumiaux Classical music

20
97 90
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Janine Jansen Classical music

21
97 90
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Pinchas Zukerman Classical music

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115 114
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Joshua Bell Classical music

23
65 58
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Henryk Wieniawski Classical

24
108 108
Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Sarah Chang Classical

25
58 57
Stéphane Grappelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Stéphane Grappelli Swing music, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion

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42 38
Mark Wood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Dylan Trautman added Mark Wood Heavy metal, Hard rock, Symphonic rock

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29 23
Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
TimMüller added Julia Fischer Classical music

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57 59
Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Gidon Kremer Classical music

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49 50
Eugène Ysaÿe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Eugène Ysaÿe Classical music

30
61 67
Kyung-Wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Kyung-Wha Chung Classical

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48 51
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

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49 53
Michael Rabin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Michael Rabin Classical

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48 52
Shlomo Mintz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Shlomo Mintz Classical

34
42 45
Joseph Szigeti is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Joseph Szigeti Classical

35
9 2
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
1520296391962 added Maxim Vengerov Classical music

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18 16
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
51 61
Ida Haendel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Ida Haendel Classical

38
31 37
Jean-Luc Ponty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
slaft added Jean-Luc Ponty Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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36 44
Leonidas Kavakos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
χαράλαμπος-αθανασόπουλος added Leonidas Kavakos

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29 35
Salvatore Accardo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
IgnacioFarías added Salvatore Accardo

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41 52
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Arcangelo Corelli Baroque music

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19 24
Ruggiero Ricci is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
yosof007 added Ruggiero Ricci

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5 4
Jerry Goodman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Rick Yon added Jerry Goodman

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25 33
James Ehnes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
frédéric-gaudette added James Ehnes

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18 23
Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Łukasz Piotrowski added Gil Shaham Classical music

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35 48
Ole Bull is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Ole Bull Classical music

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3 2
Patricia Kopatchinskaja is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Lukas Fierz added Patricia Kopatchinskaja

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4 4
Karen Gomyo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Karen Gomyo

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36 52
Giuseppe Tartini is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Giuseppe Tartini Baroque music

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51 75
Karen Briggs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
reginald.shipley added Karen Briggs