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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
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Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Romantic music, Classical music
2
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz
3
Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
4
David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
5
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Crossover
6
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
7
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Classical music, Baroque music
8
Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
9
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz
10
Pablo de Sarasate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
11
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slaft added Rock music, Progressive rock
12
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
00028750 added Classical music
13
David Ragsdale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Rick Yon added Rock music, Progressive rock
14
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
15
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical
16
Nathan Milstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
17
Ling Ling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Bready added Ling Ling
18
Augustin Hadelich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxy&z added Classical music
19
Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
20
Henryk Szeryng is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical, Baroque
21
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Opera, Ballet, Art song
22
Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
23
Eugène Ysaÿe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
24
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
25
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music