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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. (980 items)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his ...more

Jayne Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Jayne Mansfield was an American actress in film, theatre, and television. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex ...more

Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and ...more

Marlene Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich was a German-American actress and singer. Dietrich remained popular throughout her long career by continually re-inventing herself, professionally ...more

Emilie Autumn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Emilie Autumn Liddell, better known by her stage name Emilie Autumn, is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and violinist. Autumn draws influence for her music—the style of which she has ...more

Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Charles Edward "Charlie" Daniels is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for his contributions to country, bluegrass, and Southern rock music. He is perhaps best known for ...more

Bridget Regan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Bridget Regan is an American actress and producer known for portrayals such as Kahlan Amnell in the television series Legend of the Seeker and Rebecca Lowe/Rachel Turner in White Collar.

Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during ...more

Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Niccolo Paganini is a film score composer.

Torrey DeVitto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Torrey Joel DeVitto is an American actress, former fashion model and musician. She is best known for her role as psycho nanny Carrie in One Tree Hill, as Melissa Hastings in the ABC Family ...more

Lindsey Stirling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, ...more

Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Joseph Haydn was a prominent and prolific composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form ...more

Henny Youngman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Henry "Henny" Youngman was a British-born American comedian and violinist famous for his mastery of the "one-liner". His best known one-liner was "Take my ...more

Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Johann Strauss II, also known as Johann Strauss, Jr., the Younger, the Son, Johann Baptist Strauss, was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. He composed ...more

Vanessa-Mae is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Vanessa-Mae, is a British violinist with album sales reaching several million, having made her the wealthiest entertainer under 30 in the United Kingdom in 2006. She competed under the name ...more

Lucia Micarelli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Lucia Micarelli is an American violinist and actress best known for her collaborations with Josh Groban and classic rock band Jethro Tull, and her role as Annie Talarico in Treme.

Owen Pallett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Michael James Owen Pallett is a Canadian composer, violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist, who performs solo as Owen Pallett or, before 2010, under the name Final Fantasy. As Final Fantasy, he won ...more

Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Itzhak Perlman is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and pedagogue.

Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known ...more

Larry Fine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Louis Feinberg, known professionally as Larry Fine, was an American comedian, actor, violinist, and boxer, who is best known as a member of the comedy act The Three Stooges.

Fritz Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Friedrich "Fritz" Kreisler was an Austrian-born violinist and composer. One of the most famous violin masters of his or any other day, and regarded as one of the greatest violinists of ...more

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Giovanni Battista Draghi, best known as Pergolesi or Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, was an Italian composer, violinist and organist.

Sharon Corr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Sharon Helga Corr is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician and television personality. She is best known as a member of the pop-rock band The Corrs, which she co-founded in 1990 with her elder ...more

Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Alison Maria Krauss is an American bluegrass-country singer-songwriter and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of ten and recording for ...more

Sarah Chang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Sarah Chang is an American classical violinist. Recognized as a child prodigy, she first played as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1989. She enrolled ...more

Ottorino Respighi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Ottorino Respighi was an Italian composer, musicologist and conductor. He is best known for his orchestral music, particularly the three Roman tone poems: Fountains of Rome, Pines of Rome, and ...more

Tomaso Albinoni is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni was an Italian Baroque composer. While famous in his day as an opera composer, he is mainly remembered today for his instrumental music, such as the concertos, some of ...more

Jerry Gray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Jerry Gray was an American violinist, arranger, composer, and leader of swing dance orchestras bearing his name. He is widely known for his work with popular music during the Swing era. His name ...more

Xavier Cugat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Xavier Cugat was a Spanish-American bandleader who spent his formative years in Havana, Cuba. A trained violinist and arranger, he was a personality in the spread of Latin music in United States ...more

Linda Brava is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Linda Magdalena Lampenius Cullberg, better known by her maiden name Linda Lampenius and international stage name Linda Brava, is a Finnish classical concert violinist and recording artist.

Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Maxim Alexandrovich Vengerov is a violinist, violist, and conductor who was born in the Soviet Union.

Ornette Coleman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman is an American saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s, having also invented the ...more

Carl Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Carl August Nielsen is widely recognized as Denmark's greatest composer, and is also remembered as a skilled conductor and a violinist. Brought up by poor but musically talented parents on the ...more

George Enescu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Violinists
George Enescu was a Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor, and teacher, regarded as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and Romania's most important musician.

Anne-Sophie Mutter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Anne-Sophie Mutter is a German violinist. Supported early in her career by Herbert von Karajan, she has built a strong reputation for championing contemporary music with several works being ...more

Leopold Godowsky, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Leopold Godowsky, Jr. was an American violinist and chemist, who together with Leopold Mannes created the first practical color transparency film, Kodachrome.

Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE was an American-born violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom. He became a citizen of Switzerland in 1970, and ...more

Victor Schertzinger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Victor L. Schertzinger was an American composer, film director, film producer, and screenwriter. His films include Paramount on Parade, Something to Sing About with James Cagney, and the first ...more

Victor Young is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Victor Young was an American composer, arranger, violinist and conductor. He was born in Chicago.

Jascha Heifetz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Jascha Heifetz was a violinist, widely considered to be one of the finest violinists of modern times. Born in Vilnius, now Lithuania, he moved as a teenager to the United States, where his ...more

Isaac Stern is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Isaac Stern was an American violinist and conductor.

Josef Suk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Josef Suk was a Czech composer and violinist.

Bess Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Elizabeth Key "Bess" Armstrong is an American film, stage and television actress. She is best known for her roles in films The Four Seasons, High Road to China, Jaws 3-D, and Nothing ...more

Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Pinchas Zukerman is an Israeli violinist, violist, and conductor.

Julia Fischer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Julia Fischer is a German classical violinist and pianist.

Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Arcangelo Corelli was an Italian violinist and composer of the Baroque era.

Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Janine Jansen is a violinist and violist. She began to study the violin at age 6. Her father and both her brothers are also musicians. Her mother is a classical singer and is a sister of the ...more

L. Subramaniam is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam is an acclaimed Indian violinist, composer and conductor, trained in the classical Carnatic music tradition and Western classical music, and renowned for his ...more

Vladimir Cosma is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Violinists
Vladimir Cosma is a Romanian-born French composer, conductor and violinist, born 13 April 1940 in Bucharest, Romania, into a family of musicians. His father, Teodor Cosma, was a pianist and ...more

Zino Francescatti is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Violinists
René-Charles "Zino" Francescatti was a French virtuoso violinist. Zino Francescatti was born in Marseilles, to a musical family. Both parents were violinists. His father, who ...more