Greatest Violinist of All Time


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1Shadmehr Aghili

Shadmehr is the best! He's the best singer of iran

I am so proud that shadmehr is Iranian

He is a gifted violinist. He is also a very good piano player and guitar player, however, his talent in playing violin made him extremely unique from other artists.

He is the best singer of Iran and the best violinist of the world

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2Mairead Nesbitt

There are lots of reasons to love Mairead. 1) I have never seen another fiddle player capable of flying around the stage, spinning so fast that it would make most people dizzy and still be able to play amazingly!
2) As someone else said, she truly cares about her fans. She is loving and sweet and Mairead meet and greets are always awesome.
3) When Mairead is on stage, it is poetic. The soft melodies are hauntingly beautiful and she pulls you in. On the more upbeat songs, she is extremely energetic and you cannot help but smile.
4) She is INCREDIBLE with interacting with people during a show. She smiles genuinely all the time and really knows how to connect with her fans.
What is not to love about Mairead?

Máiréad is the best. She plays here violin so beautiful haunting. Absolutely awesome. Máiréad has a beautiful feeling for sounds of the music. She is creative and versatile in playing the music. If you jump, spin and dance over the floor, all while playing the fiddle, thats amazing, Actually she is playing with Celtic Woman. Máiréad live to see in the concert, if you interacts with her fans, that's so haunting. The cutest fiddle player on the world.

Mairead Nesbitt is like no other. She truly is the best. Her passion, her talent, her grace, perfection, beauty... There is so much to be said about it it would take me quite a long long time to do it. The best I can say in words is, "Mairead Nesbitt is the essence of true beauty in every sense of the word. She is beautiful inside and out. "
Mairead is my hero, she will always be. Her energy and excitement to share what she does is alive, it is contagous!
She is number one in my heart. I love Mairead, I hope that even someday when she's retired we'll still her that beautiful fiddle echoing still.

I have seen her perform twice and both times it was amazing

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3Lucia Micarelli

I believe Lucia has more emotion in her playing than I have seen ever before and she is technically magnificent

She can absolutely rock your socks off! ) She is a delight to watch in person. So much energy! Best known for her collaborations with Josh Groban and classic rock band Jethro Tull. She was the concertmaster with TSO on their Christmas Season Tour in 2003. - anetnut

She's the best!
I went to her concert once and it was full of energy!
Such a great violinist! I like her a lot and her Sibelius concerto in D minor is amazing!

Never heard anything like her. What style and passion. I could listen to her for hours. - yjagge

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4Niccolò Paganini

He has composed the most complicated yet most beautiful violin pieces ever... Such as La Campanella, which later Franz Liszt made a piano etude from it with the same name.

My grandfather was a classical violinist who was held in high regard in his native Vienna. The legendary Heifitz presented him with a beautiful violin and loved his playing. Despite his aristocratic arrogance, he would confide to my grandmother that Paganini was the most fiery and artful violinist of all time. He would point out the degree of complexity in his work and the virtuosity needed to play and compose such "devilish" music. Coming from him, it had to be true.

This list, and all lists of the greatest violinists, begins with Paganini. Like Liszt to piano and Hendrix to guitar, they set standards of skill, mastery and groundbreaking technique that all playing that followed was influenced by them. They cannot be surpassed on any list of the greats... Period.

I think Paganini was THE GREATEST violinist of all time

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5Bijan Mortazavi

Bijan mortazavi is the king. I loovee him.

He is the best in the world

Best Violinist in the word

He has something magical in his works which makes them outstanding and sweet even though some of them has been written simply. It is his ability to give notes life which comes from his experiences as violinist.

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6Itzhak Perlman

I am not sure How you can vote for some contemporary violinist like Lucia or Sarah Chang over some of the masters. Itzhak Perlman has way more experience than new violinists, in the current times he is for sure the greatest violinist of our time. He has won 15 grammy awards and has has been awarded the National medal of the Arts and the Medal of Liberty.

Like other violin masters, Perlman just makes everything seem extraordinarily easy. But he seems to be able to combine ease and passion and, well, you only need to watch him play yourself to really get him.
But I think a lot of this is just opinion, because seriously all of these guys are so excellent that it's almost just preference.

Perlman is the best I ever heard. The young ones have not yet reached his level. Paganini is a legend and could perhaps be the greatest but I have not heard a great recording he made.

Itzhak Perlman is certainly the first name that comes to mind in a discussion of who greatest violinists in the world are

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7Sarah Chang

So natural and humane. She doesn't pretend something superior but just expresses her own. That is what mordern listener likes.

As per me, she is the best violinist of the world. Her style of playing and her way of putting notes is brilliant.

The Vivaldi Four Seasons is brilliant by Sarah.

She express how she loves play violin... And makes us enjoy everything she plays.

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8Tomo Milicevic

I'm a violinist, and I must affirm that the greatest violinist of all time is Tomislav Milicevic - apocalypticsoldier95

9David Oistrakh

Well, this is of course a preference matter, Oistrakh's performance like me a lot... but if we listen Szering's Bach I'd say he has no competence.. well I think there is not such ten top violinist...

The only worthy violinist on this list from recent times - who knows how Paganini played. Oistrakh is the king and always will be. Incredible sound and incredible artistry.

As my predecessor said, it's a matter of taste, but to me, no violinist from the recording age can top Oistrakh. Perfect pitch, tempos, and always the music is achingly beautiful in his hands. MUCH better than Heifetz.

Best of the top violin players! His power and personality...

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10Jascha Heifetz

I am a singer. I thought the violin was alright, but so few, in my experience, ever made me want to listen for longer than a minute. Our public television station recently ran the life of Jascha Heifetz. He dedicated his life to the violin, and they called him "God's violinist." All of his life, relationship skills, and other talents we work to develop in our lives were focused on the violin and music. Like any genius that is so talented and focused, other things suffer. But NO ONE that I have ever heard play the violin can play like Jascha Heifetz. His music is pure, passionate (plus all the other emotions), and if you are at all open and truly listening, from heaven. There is no one to whom he can be compared.

Heifetz is the best in which you can still hear his recordings and videos today. Absolutely phenomenal. His left hand pizzicato in Paganini's Caprice no. 24 took my breath away. Heifetz even told people about his practicing routine, "I never practice more than three hours a day and I don't practice at all on Sundays. " Can you believe that?! "Oh, Heifetz? He isn't my student, he is a student of God. " Says his teacher. "I can't believe I'm talking to a God! I am talking to Heifetz. " Says Itzhak Perlman when he first met Heifetz. Rest in peace, Heifetz. May Heaven and the world still listen to your wonderful music.

Heifetz set the standard for violin playing for the Twentieth Century & beyond. You can tell it's Heifetz with a single note; even an open G. No other violinist established such a unique tone & style. He also never played with a shoulder pad, as everyone seems to use today.

WHY! Is he in 14 he is the master of violin behind Paganini and Vivaldi he. If anyone who reads think his playing is cold well that is a style! Heifetz should be 3 or 4 th

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The Newcomers

?Wolfgang Schneiderhan

A wonderful player with both sentiment and power! He must be remembered as one of the best.

The Contenders

11David Garrett

Now if you want to be inspired, I suggest you take a look at this guy and his talent! There's not even a little doubt that he's the best! Listen to his album: Rock symphonies. Keep rocking David!

David is a very talented violinist. He can play classical and crossover music, too, and they're fantastic! David is a virtuoso, and lots of people like him, because he plays modern songs, too. "Music is vacation from life... "-says David.

I love listening he playing Hungarian Dances no. 5 and He's a Pirate.

Simply amazing! Move over Paganini!

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12Yehudi Menuhin

The absolute master violinist. Some of his recordings are classics and still sought after. He defined the standards that others are measured against. He was also one of the best Violin teachers teaching Nigel Kennedy etc. No one else in this list compares.

Yehudi menuhin was the greatest violinst. He was amazing. He play violin like haven.

13Fritz Kreisler

I have heard quite a few live, and would put Kreisler if not the best, then the most charismatic. Remember that Elgar's Violin Concerto was dedicated to him. He was a Captain in the Austrian army and was badly wounded with sabre slashed and hoof strikes when a cossack horse plus cossack charged at him. The last thing he remembered with the cossack toppling as a reult of him activating his rifle. Fritz was one of the old school who traveled by public bus to recitals.

A true violin Master. His live concerts were truly outstanding and his audiences were truly appreciative of this man's talent. Unfortunately the technology of recordings in his day do not measure up to the range and purity of today's recordings.

14Joshua Bell

He was a child prodigy and throughout his life he has kept the highest standards and done amazing and creative things with his violin, from giving a "concert" in the metro station to see people's reactions to becoming director of one of England's major orchestras. His passion for music, his extraordinary interpretation of every classic piece that he touches is of the highest caliber. In my estimation, he is one of the perhaps three top violinists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

I think Josh will bill should be in the top 10 it doesn't make very much sense that a lot of these other violinists are in front of him he is way better than Lindsay Sterling. Also he's the most expensive musician in the world sought it doesn't make much sense why he's number 19 so you guys going to stop being stupid info Joshua Bell up to the top 10.

He the best best best ever! He play beethoven extra ordinarily. Every hats off to him. I love him so much!

Ha ha The man with violin

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15Marc O'Connor

Mark is the most versatile Violinist of our generation. His masterpiece The Fiddle Concerto is the most played American Violin Concerto written in over half a century. He matters flawlessly genres ranging from Stephane Grappelli era Jazz, Americana and Bluegrass to classical music. His music camp at Berklee College of music draws the best up and coming Violinists from around the world each year. Due to his versatility and The O'Connor method teaching success would make him, without doubt the most influential American Violinist I the last one hundred years.

16Hillary Hahn

Just saw her at Lincoln Center... She was terrific. Played a Bach piece as an encore that was beautiful.

Technically fantastic, maybe the best ever in terms of accuracy.

She is definitely one of the best violinist that is alive!

Beautiful tone; very mature musical sense.

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17Homayoun Khorram
18Parviz Yahaghi

Parviz yahaghi is king of violin in all of times

Noun to second.. Parviz have been recorded several album at his home! Innovative violinist who rooted in Persian art heritages.

I think he s the best, ccording to the era he d lived, & limited music aquirements in that time

19Pablo de Sarasate

Because he is very good

20Anne Sophie Mutter

The mere fact that the depth of emotion and tender feeling she conveys on the violin is not at all diminished or disturbed by her prolific speed and adept accuracy has made me a spellbound admirer for many years. Her grace and beauty only embellish the core of her virtuosity as a violinist...

She is inimitable, Carmen-Fantasie try and listen. The best there is today.

She is part of of her violin. I can listen to her play for hours.

She is definitively in the list

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