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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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David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Crossover
2
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Niccolò Paganini Romantic music, Classical music
3
Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
4
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz
5
David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
6
Ling Ling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Bready added Ling Ling
7
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz
8
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
9
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
00028750 added Classical music
10
Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
11
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Classical music, Baroque music
12
Pablo de Sarasate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
13
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical
14
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slaft added Rock music, Progressive rock
15
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
16
Nathan Milstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
17
David Ragsdale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Rick Yon added Rock music, Progressive rock
18
Ray Chen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
chelyabinskkrasnoyarsk added Classical music
19
Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
20
Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
21
Gil Shaham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Łukasz Piotrowski added Classical music
22
Henryk Szeryng is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical, Baroque
23
Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
TimMüller added Classical music
24
Joseph Joachim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
chelyabinskkrasnoyarsk added Classical
25
Pietro Locatelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
chelyabinskkrasnoyarsk added Baroque music