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
439 208
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Romantic music, Classical music

2
408 204
Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

3
357 202
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

4
269 146
David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

5
203 123
Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

6
202 136
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

7
239 173
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

8
186 130
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Niccolò Paganini Classical

9
109 63
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Classical music, Baroque music

10
191 138
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slaft added Rock music, Progressive rock

11
135 90
David Ragsdale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Rick Yon added Rock music, Progressive rock

12
147 112
Pablo de Sarasate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

13
40 10
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
00028750 added Classical music

14
135 105
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

15
127 98
Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

16
137 109
Nathan Milstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

17
88 64
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical

18
86 66
Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

19
123 107
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

20
182 173
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Crossover

21
116 105
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

22
86 72
Henryk Szeryng is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical, Baroque

23
142 135
Joshua Bell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music

24
73 59
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Opera, Ballet, Art song

25
126 121
Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical