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The Greatest Violinists of All Time 

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Updated December 2, 2019 18.1k votes 3.6k voters 42.4k views 104 items

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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David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music and Crossover; Nationality: United States of America
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Niccolò Paganini ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Niccolò Paganini Genre: Romantic music and Classical music; Nationality: Italy
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Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: United States of America
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Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Klezmer, Classical music & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Soviet Union
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Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: United States of America
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Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music and Jazz; Nationality: Switzerland
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Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Austria
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Pablo de Sarasate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Spain
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Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Genre: Classical music and Baroque music; Nationality: Italy
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Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: United States of America
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Nathan Milstein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: United States of America
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David Ragsdale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
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Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
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Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Germany
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Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
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Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Russia
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Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: United States of America
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Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Israel
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Ling Ling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
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Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Netherlands
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Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Belgium
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Genre: Opera, Ballet & Art song; Nationality: Holy Roman Empire
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Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time