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List of famous violists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top violists in the world? This includes the most prominent violists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable violists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic violists 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 violists.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Benjamin Britten.

From reputable, prominent, and well known violists to the lesser known violists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the violist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous violists ever?" and "What are the names of famous violists?" then you're in the right place. (206 items)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Violists
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
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Violists
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and ...more
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Violists
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
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Violists
Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert 's life ended at 31 but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works, seven ...more
Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Violists
Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including ...more
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Violists
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
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Violists
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. A grandson of the ...more
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Violists
Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi was an Italian composer, gambist, singer and Roman Catholic priest. Monteverdi's work, often regarded as revolutionary, marked the change from the Renaissance ...more
Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Violists
Maxim Alexandrovich Vengerov is a violinist, violist, and conductor who was born in the Soviet Union.
Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Violists
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
Pinchas Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Violists
Pinchas Zukerman is an Israeli violinist, violist, and conductor.
Janine Jansen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Violists
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
David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Violists
David Fyodorovich Oistrakh was a renowned Soviet classical violinist. Oistrakh collaborated with major orchestras and musicians from many parts of the world, including the Soviet Union, Europe, ...more
Leroy Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Violists
Leroy Jenkins was a composer and avant-garde jazz violinist and violist. Jenkins was involved in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians while a public school teacher in ...more
Paul Hindemith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Violists
Paul Hindemith was a German composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor. Notable compositions include his song cycle Das Marienleben and opera Mathis der Maler.
Nigel Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Violists
Nigel Kennedy is a British violinist and violist. He made his early career in the classical field, and has more recently performed jazz, klezmer, and other music genres.
Jennifer Stumm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Violists
Jennifer Stumm is an American violist.
Tabea Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Violists
Tabea Zimmermann
Tabea Zimmermann, born on 8 October 1966 in Lahr, is a German violist. She began learning to play the viola at the age of three, and commenced piano studies at age five. At the age of 13, she ...more
Shlomo Mintz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Violists
Shlomo Mintz is an Israeli violin virtuoso, violist and conductor. He regularly appears with orchestras and conductors on the international scene and is heard in recitals and chamber music ...more
Charles Dutoit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Violists
Charles Édouard Dutoit, OC GOQ is a Swiss conductor, particularly noted for his interpretations of French and Russian 20th-century music. He has made influential modern recordings of ...more
Josef Suk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Violists
Josef Suk was a Czech violinist, violist, chamber musician and conductor, the grandson of Josef Suk, the composer and violinist, and great-grandson of Antonín Dvoƙák. In his home ...more
Roger Chase is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Violists
Roger Chase
Roger Chase is a British violist who currently teaches at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Roger Chase was born in London and studied under Bernard Shore during ...more
William Shield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Violists
William Shield was an English composer, violinist and violist who was born in Swalwell near Gateshead, the son of William Shield and his wife, Mary, née Cash.
Bruno Giuranna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Violists
Bruno Giuranna
Bruno Giuranna is an Italian violist. According to Giuranna's website: "Bruno Giuranna, born in Milan, completed his musical studies at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome receiving his ...more
Elly Winer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Violists
Elly Winer
Elly Winer is a violist.