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List of famous violinists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top violinists in the world? This includes the most prominent violinists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable violinists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic violinists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned violinists.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known violinists to the lesser known violinists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the violinist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous violinists ever?" and "What are the names of famous violinists?" then you're in the right place. (979 items)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Jayne Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Marlene Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Emilie Autumn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Bridget Regan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Niccolò Paganini ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò (or Nicolò) Paganini (Italian: [ni(k)koˈlɔ ppaɡaˈniːni] (listen); 27 October 1782 – 27 May 1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most ...more

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Torrey DeVitto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Lindsey Stirling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Henny Youngman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Vanessa-Mae is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Lucia Micarelli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Owen Pallett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Larry Fine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Giovanni Battista Pergol... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Sharon Corr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Violinists
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