Violinists

Throughout history, there have been many violinists who have contributed greatly to their field. The list includes many familiar and great violinists, such as Lindsey Stirling, Pete Townshend, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Jonathan Davis.
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 1 Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma
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Famous As: Cellist
Birthdate: October 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
French-born Chinese cellist Yo-Yo Ma was a child prodigy and later won 18 Grammys for his works. The Juilliard and Harvard alumnus has experimented with various types of music, including Brazilian and Chinese music. Named to Time 100 in 2020, he is also a U.N. Messenger of Peace.

 2 Antonio Lucio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 4, 1678
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: July 28, 1741

Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, and teacher, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers. He was extremely popular during his lifetime and composed many instrumental concertos and operas. He was also a Roman Catholic priest and worked at a home for abandoned children. Even though he died in 1741, his music continues to be popular.

 3 Niccolo Paganini

Niccolo Paganini
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Famous As: Violinist, Composer
Birthdate: October 27, 1782
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Genoa
Died: May 27, 1840
Italian multi-instrumentalist and composer Niccolò Paganini established himself as one of the key figures of modern violin technique. Son of a trader-turned-street musician, he started his stint with music by learning to play the mandolin. Some of his most celebrated compositions were the 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1.
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 4 Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: August 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
A bout of polio at age 4 left Itzhak Perlman’s legs paralyzed but could not deter his spirit. The Juilliard alumnus has won 16 Grammys and the coveted Leventritt Prize for his phenomenal compositions. He has also served as a conductor for Detroit Symphony and orchestras. 
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 5 Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn
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Famous As: Violinist, Musician
Birthdate: November 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lexington

 6 Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: December 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bloomington, Indiana, USA
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 7 Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin
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Famous As: Volinist
Birthdate: April 22, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 12, 1999
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 8 Nigel Kennedy

Nigel Kennedy
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: December 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brighton, Sussex, England
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 9 Jascha Heifetz

Jascha Heifetz
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Famous As: Music educator, Violinist
Birthdate: February 2, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vilnius
Died: December 10, 1987

 10 Isaac Stern

Isaac Stern
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Famous As: American violinist
Birthdate: July 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Krzemieniec, Ukraine
Died: September 22, 2001
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 11 Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling
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Famous As: Violinists
Birthdate: September 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States
Distingusihed as a modern-day dancing violinist, Lindsey Stirling began her musical journey in 2006 on America's Got Talent. With over 12 million YouTube subscribers, she presents choreographed violin performances, in live and music videos on her official channel. She has proved her prowess in a variety of music styles, rock to electronic dance music and classical to pop. 

 12 Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti
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Famous As: violinist
Birthdate: July 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Kilbride

 13 Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter
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Famous As: Violinist, Music educator
Birthdate: June 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rheinfelden

 14 Fritz Kreisler

Fritz Kreisler
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: February 2, 1875
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 29, 1962

Born to a doctor in Austria, Fritz Kreisler was a music prodigy. However, after being rejected by the Vienna Philharmonic, he had started studying medicine. He had also studied art and been part of the Austrian army, though he is chiefly remembered for his violin pieces such as Viennese Caprice.

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 15 Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh
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Famous As: Reggae Musician
Birthdate: October 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westmoreland, Jamaica
Died: September 11, 1987
Abandoned by his parents as a child, Peter Tosh grew up learning music by watching others perform. Part of the Jamaican reggae group Bob Marley and the Wailers, he advocated for legalization of marijuana. He loved unicycling. He was shot dead during a robbery attempt by three gunmen.

 16 Stjepan Hauser

Stjepan Hauser
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Famous As: Cellist
Birthdate: June 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pula, Croatia

 17 Richard Georg Strauss

Richard Georg Strauss
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 11, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: September 8, 1949

Richard Georg Strauss was a German conductor, composer, violinist, and pianist. Renowned for his pioneering subtleties of orchestration, Strauss is generally regarded as a modernist, although he was initially considered a conservative, backwards-looking composer. Over the years, his music has influenced other prominent composers like Béla Viktor János Bartók, Karol Maciej Szymanowski, Edward Elgar, and Benjamin Britten.

 18 Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 8, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hämeenlinna, Finland
Died: September 20, 1957

Jean Sibelius was a Finnish violinist and composer. Widely regarded as Finland's greatest composer, Sibelius' music is credited with having kindled nationalism in Finland during the country's struggle for independence from Russia. His work has inspired other important composers like Douglas Lilburn. The International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, which is held every five years, is named after him.

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 19 Genesis P-Orridge

Genesis P-Orridge
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manchester, England

 20 David Gates

David Gates
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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 21 Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer
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Famous As: Classical Violinist
Birthdate: June 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

One of the greatest classical violinists of the 21st century, Julia Fischer is also a skilled pianist. She first gained fame with her performances with conductor Lorin Maazel in New York. The German musician had started learning the violin at age 3 and the piano at age 4.

 22 Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel
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Famous As: Music Conductor
Birthdate: January 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barquisimeto, Venezuela
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 23 Janine Jansen

Janine Jansen
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: January 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Soest

 24 David Oistrakh

David Oistrakh
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: September 30, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Odessa
Died: October 24, 1974
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 25 Alexander Rybak

Alexander Rybak
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 26 Zitkala-Sa

Zitkala-Sa
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yankton Reservation, South Dakota, United States
Died: January 26, 1938

 27 Sharon Corr

Sharon Corr
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dundalk, Ireland

 28 Vanessa-Mae

Vanessa-Mae
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: October 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Singapore

 29 Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Illinois, USA

 30 Sarah Chang

Sarah Chang
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia

 31 Joseph Joachim

Joseph Joachim
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: June 28, 1831
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kittsee, Austria
Died: August 15, 1907

Hungarian violinist and composer Joseph Joachim was trained in Budapest and London before he became the director of the Hochschule für Ausübende Tonkunst in Berlin. He formed the Joachim Quartet and gained fame as a music teacher. He is best known for his versions of works by legends such as Beethoven.

 32 Luka Sulic

Luka Sulic
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Famous As: Cellist
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maribor,

 33 Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman
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Famous As: Conductor, Music educator, Violinist
Birthdate: July 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

 34 Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 16, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanau, Germany
Died: December 28, 1963

Although German composer and violinist Paul Hindemith had collaborated with leftist and Jewish musicians, his apolitical stance made him a favorite of the Nazis initially. However, he was later forced to comply with Nazi dictatorship. He moved to the U.S. after his performances were banned in Germany.

 35 Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli
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Famous As: Composer, Violinist
Birthdate: February 17, 1653
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fusignano, Italy
Died: January 8, 1713

Italian composer and violinist Arcangelo Corelli is regarded as a pioneer of the concerto grosso and the sonata. Named after his father who died 5 months before his birth, Corelli rose to be a major figure of Baroque music and became a favorite of priests and the royalty.

 36 Wes Borland

Wes Borland
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA

Wes Borland is a rock musician best known for his association with the popular rock band, Limp Bizkit. Borland is also credited with co-founding an experimental metal band named Big Dumb Face. Known for his elaborate visual appearance, Borland often wears a mask while performing. He was named in the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time list by the magazine Total Guitar.

 37 Pablo de Sarasate

Pablo de Sarasate
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Famous As: Composer, Violinist
Birthdate: March 10, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pamplona
Died: September 21, 1908

Pablo de Sarasate was a Spanish violin virtuoso, composer, and conductor active during the Romantic period. He was a musical prodigy and gave his first public concert at the age of eight. He grew up to have a successful career and performed mainly opera fantasies. The Spanish Dances and the Carmen Fantasy are among his masterpieces. 

 38 David Garrett

David Garrett
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: September 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aachen, Germany

 39 Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn
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Famous As: Singer, Poet, Violinist, Pianist
Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 40 Henryk Wieniawski

Henryk Wieniawski
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Famous As: Composer, Music educator
Birthdate: July 10, 1835
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lublin, Poland
Died: March 31, 1880

 41 Don Moen

Don Moen
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Radio personality, Record producer, Violinist, Pianist
Birthdate: June 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minneapolis

 42 Nathaniel Ayers

Nathaniel Ayers
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 43 Robby Steinhardt

Robby Steinhardt
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 17, 2021

 44 Paul Whiteman

Paul Whiteman
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Famous As: Bandleader
Birthdate: March 28, 1890
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: December 29, 1967

 45 Joe Hisaishi

Joe Hisaishi
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nagano, Japan

Joe Hisaishi is a Japanese composer and musical director who has composed over 100 film scores and solo albums. Active since the 1970s, he has explored and incorporated numerous genres in his work. He often collaborates with animator Hayao Miyazaki and has composed music for most of his films. He has received a Medal of Honour with a purple ribbon.  

 46 Nate Mendel

Nate Mendel
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

 47 Nathan Milstein

Nathan Milstein
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Famous As: musician
Birthdate: January 13, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Odessa
Died: December 21, 1992

 48 Ivry Gitlis

Ivry Gitlis
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Famous As: violinist
Birthdate: August 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haifa

 49 Máiréad Nesbitt

Máiréad Nesbitt
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Loughmoe, Ireland

 50 Lucia Micarelli

Lucia Micarelli
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Famous As: Actor, Jazz musician, Violinist, Television actor
Birthdate: July 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City
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