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!
list ordered by
1
510 232
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Romantic music, Classical music
2
475 232
Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
3
412 227
Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz
4
308 168
David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
5
314 199
Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
6
196 112
David Ragsdale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Rick Yon added Rock music, Progressive rock
7
257 163
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slaft added Rock music, Progressive rock
8
224 140
Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
9
148 85
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Classical music, Baroque music
10
232 159
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz
11
172 121
Pablo de Sarasate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
12
65 24
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
00028750 added Classical music
13
159 114
Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
14
155 115
Nathan Milstein is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
15
106 72
Henryk Wieniawski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical
16
141 107
Leonid Kogan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
17
98 71
Arthur Grumiaux is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
18
142 119
Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
19
137 114
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
20
63 39
Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
TimMüller added Classical music
21
126 108
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
22
79 60
Eugène Ysaÿe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music
23
91 74
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
leggitt69 added Opera, Ballet, Art song
24
94 79
Henryk Szeryng is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical, Baroque
25
198 199
David Garrett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Violinists of All Time
Classical music, Crossover