2 Antonio Lucio Vivaldi(Baroque Composer & Virtuoso Violinist Known for His Violin Concertos 'The Four Seasons')
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(Violinist, Composer)
4 Hilary Hahn(Violinist, Musician)
5 Yehudi Menuhin(Volinist)
Grammy Award-winning legendary 20th-century violinist Yehudi Menuhin was born to Lithuanian Jews in the US. Starting his training in the violin at age 4, he later studied music in Paris. He also experimented with fusion, collaborating with jazz and Indian classical musicians. He later launched the Yehudi Menuhin School.
6 Joshua Bell(Violinist)
7 Anne-Sophie Mutter(Violinist who played with the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of thirteen and who went on to become a decorated violist)
Anne-Sophie Mutter had started learning the piano at age 5 but later switched to the violin. A prodigy, she first played for the Berlin Philharmonic at 13 and became a Royal Academy of Music fellow at 22. She is known for wearing custom-made designer strapless gowns while playing.
8 Nigel Kennedy(Violinist)
9 Jascha Heifetz(Former Violinist remembered for his performances at prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall)
10 Isaac Stern(American violinist)
11 Lindsey Stirling(Composer Known for Her Choreographed Violin Performances)
12 Nicola Benedetti(violinist)
13 Stjepan Hauser(Cellist)
14 André Rieu(Violinist and Conductor Best Known for Creating the Waltz-Playing 'Johann Strauss Orchestra')
André Rieu is a Dutch violinist whose work has earned him international fame for over 30 years. Also an orchestra leader, Rieu is credited with founding the Johann Strauß Orchestra, which is renowned for its unorthodox performances of classical works. André Rieu has played all over the world and is well-known for his performances of classical works by Johann Strauss.
15 Peter Tosh(Reggae Musician)
16 Jean Sibelius(Composer)
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.
17 Genesis P-Orridge(Singer-songwriter)
18 Paz Lenchantin(Bass Guitarist, Vocalist and Violinist of the Alternative Rock Band 'Pixies')
19 Itzhak Perlman(Israeli-American Violinist, Conductor, and Music Teacher)
20 Julia Fischer(Classical Violinist)
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.
21 Pinchas Zukerman(Conductor, Music educator, Violinist)
22 Janine Jansen(Violinist)
23 Gustavo Dudamel(Music Conductor)
24 Alexander Rybak(Singer, Violinist, Pianist and Actor)
Alexander Rybak is a Belarusian-Norwegian singer-composer, violinist, and pianist. The son of two talented musicians, he began to play musical instruments when he was just five. He studied at the Barratt Due Institute of Music before beginning his career. Besides being a musician, he is also an actor and has appeared in many TV shows and films.
25 Sharon Corr(Singer)
Best known as part of the Irish family band The Corrs, singer Sharon Corr is equally talented in instruments such as the violin and the guitar. Born to musician parents, she began playing for orchestras as a child. She opened up about her social anxiety disorder through her solo album.
26 David Oistrakh(Violinist)
Two-time Grammy Award-winning Soviet violinist David Oistrakh had been trained in the instrument since age 5 and performed in his first concert at age 6. He later taught at the Moscow Conservatory and performed throughout the world, especially in Europe and the US. He also played for Soviet soldiers during World War II.
28 David Gates(Singer-songwriter)
29 Joseph Joachim(Violinist Known for His Interpretations of Works of Bach, Mozart & Beethoven)
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.
30 Sarah Chang(Musician)
31 Arcangelo Corelli(Composer, Violinist)
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.
32 Henryk Wieniawski(Composer, Violinist)
Henryk Wieniawski was a Polish composer, violinist, and pedagogue. He is often counted among the greatest violinists of all time. He was also one of the most important players in London's Beethoven Quartet Society. Henryk Wieniawski is still revered by violinists all over the world.
33 David Garrett(Violinist)
34 Luka Sulic(Cellist)
35 Eugène Ysaÿe(Belgian Virtuoso Violinist and Composer Regarded as 'The King of the Violin')
Eugène Ysaÿe was a Belgian virtuoso violinist, conductor, and composer. Referred to as The King of the Violin, Ysaÿe is best remembered for his finely honed technique which was without the shortcomings of violinists before Eugène Ysaÿe. He is also remembered for his great interpretations of Bach and Beethoven as well as early modern composers like César Franck.
36 Pablo de Sarasate(Former violin virtuoso, composer and conductor of the Romantic period)
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.
37 Jean-Luc Ponty(Jazz violinist and composer)
38 Fritz Kreisler(One of the Greatest Violinists of All Time - Known for His Sweet Tone and Expressive Phrasing)
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.
39 Emilie Autumn(Singer, Poet, Violinist, Pianist)
40 Robby Steinhardt(Musician)
41 Don Moen(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Radio personality, Record producer, Violinist, Pianist)
42 Nathaniel Ayers(Musician)
43 Nate Mendel(Musician)
44 Paul Whiteman(Bandleader)
45 Max Bruch(German Romantic Composer, Conductor & Educator)
Max Bruch composed his first song at 9 for his mother’s birthday and then earned a scholarship after creating a symphony at the tender age of 14. He worked extensively with the choral societies of Germany and is remembered for his iconic Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.