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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1
407 203
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Romantic music, Classical music

2
383 199
Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

3
341 186
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

4
253 144
David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

5
192 122
Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

6
190 126
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slaft added Rock music, Progressive rock

7
190 129
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

8
134 82
David Ragsdale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Rick Yon added Rock music, Progressive rock

9
178 129
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Niccolò Paganini Classical

10
97 59
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Classical music, Baroque music

11
210 167
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

12
136 110
Pablo de Sarasate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

13
124 101
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

14
128 106
Nathan Milstein is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

15
173 158
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Crossover

16
115 97
Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

17
80 64
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical

18
116 105
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

19
26 6
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
1520296391962 added Classical music

20
131 126
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

21
77 65
Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

22
81 70
Henryk Szeryng is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical, Baroque

23
107 101
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

24
105 99
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

25
67 58
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Opera, Ballet, Art song

26
117 117
Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical

27
57 55
Eugène Ysaÿe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

28
37 30
Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
TimMüller added Classical music

29
63 65
Gidon Kremer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

30
62 64
Stéphane Grappelli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Swing music, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion

31
67 75
Kyung-Wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical

32
12 4
Balabhaskar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
JishithGangadharan added Fusion, Carnatic music

33
52 58
Michael Rabin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical

34
38 42
Jean-Luc Ponty is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
slaft added Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

35
23 22
George Enescu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Dan Dănilă added Opera, Classical music

36
44 51
Joseph Szigeti is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical

37
48 58
Shlomo Mintz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical

38
42 50
Mark Wood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Dylan Trautman added Mark Wood Heavy metal, Hard rock, Symphonic rock

39
52 67
Ida Haendel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical

40
40 50
Leonidas Kavakos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
χαράλαμπος-αθανασόπουλος added

41
33 41
Salvatore Accardo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
IgnacioFarías added

42
43 57
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Baroque music

43
23 28
Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Łukasz Piotrowski added Classical music

44
9 9
Karen Gomyo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Karen Gomyo

45
37 53
Ole Bull is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

46
27 38
James Ehnes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
frédéric-gaudette added

47
21 29
Ruggiero Ricci is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
yosof007 added

48
36 55
Henry Vieuxtemps is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Henry Vieuxtemps Classical

49
1 1
Alexandra Stefanato is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
AbdElhamidElsayedHalayeb added Alexandra Stefanato

50
37 58
Giuseppe Tartini is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Baroque music