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
482 219
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Romantic music, Classical music
2
454 212
Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
3
294 152
David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
4
386 216
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz
5
216 127
Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
6
135 74
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Classical music, Baroque music
7
270 189
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
8
221 148
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz
9
161 114
Pablo de Sarasate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
10
54 17
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
00028750 added Classical music
11
150 108
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
12
149 110
Nathan Milstein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
13
191 151
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slaft added Rock music, Progressive rock
14
137 100
Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
15
136 101
David Ragsdale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Rick Yon added Rock music, Progressive rock
16
98 67
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical
17
95 69
Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
18
122 105
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
19
134 118
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
20
126 112
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
21
91 76
Henryk Szeryng is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical, Baroque
22
85 70
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Opera, Ballet, Art song
23
56 38
Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
TimMüller added Classical music
24
73 57
Eugène Ysaÿe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
25
192 194
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Crossover