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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 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 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 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 Schubert Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert died at 31 but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works, seven complete ...more

Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Violists
Benjamin Britten 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 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
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy 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 Monteverdi 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 Vengerov 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 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 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 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 Oistrakh 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 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 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 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 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 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 Dutoit 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 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 Dvořák. 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 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.

Kim Kashkashian is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Violists
Kim Kashkashian Kim Kashkashian is a Grammy-award winning Armenian-American violist.

Henri Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Violists
Henri Casadesus Henri-Gustave Casadesus was a violist, viola d'amore player, and music publisher. Casadesus received his early musical instruction with Albert Lavignac and studied viola with Théophile ...more

Jocelyn Pook is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Violists
Jocelyn Pook Jocelyn Pook is an English composer, pianist and viola player.

Alessandro Rolla is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Violists
Alessandro Rolla Alessandro Rolla was an Italian viola and violin virtuoso, composer, conductor and teacher. His son, Antonio Rolla, was also a violin virtuoso and composer. His fame now rests mainly as ...more

Chris Raschka is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Violists
Chris Raschka Chris Raschka is an American illustrator, writer, and violist. He contributed to children's literature as a children's illustrator. He was U.S. nominee for the biennial, international Hans ...more

Biddy Connor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Violists
Biddy Connor Biddy Connor is a film score composer and musician.

Jordi Savall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Violists
Jordi Savall Jordi Savall i Bernadet is a Catalan Spanish viol player, conductor and composer. He has been one of the major figures in the field of Western early music since the 1970s, largely responsible ...more

Hermann Scherchen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Violists
Hermann Scherchen Hermann Scherchen was a German conductor.

Carlo Maria Giulini is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Violists
Carlo Maria Giulini Carlo Maria Giulini, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian conductor. From the age of five, when he began to play the violin, Giulini’s musical education was expanded when he began to ...more

Milton Katims is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Violists
Milton Katims Milton Katims was an American violist and conductor. He was music director of the Seattle Symphony for 22 years. In that time he added more than 75 works, made recordings, premiered new pieces ...more

Jaime Laredo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Violists
Jaime Laredo Jaime Laredo is a violinist and conductor. Currently the conductor and Music Director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, he began his musical career when he was five years old. In 1948 he came ...more

Rebecca Clarke is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Violists
Rebecca Clarke Rebecca Clarke was an English classical composer and violist best known for her chamber music featuring the viola. She was born in Harrow and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal ...more

Pierre Monteux is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Violists
Pierre Monteux Pierre Benjamin Monteux was a French conductor. After violin and viola studies, and a decade as an orchestral player and occasional conductor, he began to receive regular conducting engagements ...more

Alfred Uhl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Violists
Alfred Uhl Alfred Uhl was an Austrian composer, violist, music teacher and conductor.

Brett Dean is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Violists
Brett Dean Brett Dean is a contemporary Australian composer, violist and conductor.

Julian Rachlin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Violists
Julian Rachlin Julian Rachlin is a Lithuanian-born violinist, violist and conductor.

Rosemary Glyde is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Violists
Rosemary Glyde Rosemary Glyde was an American violist and composer. Focusing on expanding the limited repertory for solo viola, she wrote and transcribed many works for that instrument, including Sergei ...more

Oskar Nedbal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Violists
Oskar Nedbal Oskar Nedbal was a Czech violist, composer, and conductor of classical music.

Anni Rossi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Violists
Anni Rossi Anni Rossi is an American singer, violist and keyboardist from Minnesota. She graduated for the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley. She is notable for her unique style of playing ...more

Crown Prince Naruhito is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Violists
Crown Prince Naruhito Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan is the eldest son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, which makes him the heir apparent to the Chrysanthemum Throne of Japan.

Geraldine Walther is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Violists
Geraldine Walther Geraldine Lamboley Walther is an American violist. Since 2005 she has been a member of the Takács String Quartet, replacing Roger Tapping as violist of the group. She is the former ...more

Eric Coates is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Violists
Eric Coates Eric Coates was an English composer of light music and a viola player.

Lev Zhurbin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Violists
Lev Zhurbin Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin is a composer, violist, and arranger. Ljova is the author of over 70 original compositions for classical, jazz, and folk music ensembles. He has also contributed musical ...more

Johann Stamitz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Violists
Johann Stamitz Jan Václav Antonín Stamic was a Czech composer and violinist. His two surviving sons, Carl and Anton Stamitz, were scarcely less important composers of the Mannheim school, of ...more

Yuri Bashmet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Violists
Yuri Bashmet Yuri Abramovich Bashmet is a Russian conductor, violinist, and violist. He is a direct patrilineal descendant of Besht.