10 Famous Violinists (Alive) in the Classical Music World



Itzhak  Perlman 

Israeli violin virtuoso, conductor, and master-instructor. He is widely considered as one of the preeminent violin virtuosi of the 20th century.

Perlman was born in Tel Aviv, in what was soon to be Israel, where he first became interested in the violin after hearing a classical music performance on the radio. He studied at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv before moving to the United States to study at the Juilliard School with the great violin pedagogue, Ivan Galamian, and his assistant Dorothy DeLay.
Perlman contracted polio at the age of four. He made a good recovery, learning to walk with the use of crutches. Today, he generally uses crutches or an Amigo POV/Scooter for mobility and plays the violin while seated.

Joshua Bell

is an American Grammy Award-winning violinist.

Selected Discography

  • * Defiance OST, 2008
  • * The Red Violin Concerto, Sony BMG Masterworks, 2007
  • Angels & Demons Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 2009
  • * Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Sony BMG Masterworks, 2008

 Hilary Hahn 

Hahn began playing the violin one month before her fourth birthday in the Suzuki Program of Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory She participated in a Suzuki class for a year. Between 1984 and 1989 Hahn studied in Baltimore under Klara Berkovich. In 1990, at ten, Hahn was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she became a student of Jascha Brodsky. Hahn studied with Brodsky for seven years and learned the études of Kreutzer, Ševčík, Gaviniès, Rode, and the Paganini Caprices. She learned twenty-eight violin concertos, recital programs, and several other short pieces.


Janine Jansen

is a classical violinist born in January 7, 1978 in Soest in the Netherlands.
She has eschewed tradition by recording with only 5 solo strings rather than an orchestra, including her brother as cellist and father playing continuo. In live concerts, she has received standing ovations from enthusiastic audiences, such as in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra 2006 concert in Berlin’s Waldbühne Amphitheater, with a full attendance of 25,000, and in Los Angeles at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008 to a sold out audience.


Sarah Chang


Chang has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, the Washington National Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Honolulu Symphony, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others.


Viktoria Mullova

is a Russian violinist. She is best known for her performances and recordings of a number of violin concerti, compositions by J.S. Bach, and her innovative interpretations of popular and jazz compositions by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, The Beatles, and others.





Maxim Vengerov


Born on 20 August 1974 in Novosibirsk, Russia, to a family with musical tradition. At the age of 5, he began studying the violin with Galina Tourkhaninova, and two years later – with Zakhar Bron. 1984 saw the 10-year-old Maxim go abroad for the first time; in Lublin, Poland, he won the 1st prize at International Karol Lipiński and Henryk Wieniawski Young Violin Player Competition (years later, he recalled, “I thought Poland was somewhere at the end of the world. One does not forget such trips; no wonder I always remember Poland very fondly…”).

Julia Fischer

born in Munich, Germany. Fischer began her studies before her fourth birthday, when she received her first violin lesson from Helge Thelen; a few months later she started studying the piano with her mother, Viera Fischer. Fischer said, “my mother’s a pianist and I wanted to play the piano as well, but as my elder brother also played the piano, she thought it would be nice to have another instrument in the family. I agreed to try out the violin and stayed with it.” She began her formal violin education at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory in Augsburg, under the tutelage of Lydia Dubrowskaya. At the age of nine Julia Fischer was admitted to the Munich Academy of Music, where she continues to work with Ana Chumachenco.


Anne Sophie Mutter

Mutter was born in Rheinfelden, Germany. She began playing the piano at age five, and shortly afterwards the violin, studying with Erna Honigberger, a pupil of Carl Flesch. Upon Honigberger’s death, she continued her studies with Aida Stucki, at the Winterthur Conservatory.

After winning several prizes, she was exempted from school to dedicate herself to her art. When she was 13, conductor Herbert von Karajan invited her to play with the Berlin Philharmonic. In 1977, she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival and with the English Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim. At 15, Mutter made her first recording of the Mozart Third and Fifth violin concerti with von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Midori Goto

is a Japanese American violinist. She made her debut at the age of 11 in a last minute change of programming during a concert by the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta highlighting young performers. When she was 21, she formed the philanthropic group Midori and Friends to help bring music to children in New York City. She is internationally renowned as a performer. In 2007, she was selected as a UN Messenger of Peace.


  1. olivia's Gravatar olivia
    November 6, 2011    

    I think this is a really cool website to go find famous violin players,and it especially with my report.

  2. Jon Ny's Gravatar Jon Ny
    February 18, 2012    

    Itzhak Perlman is the best all-time.
    Others that are alive and active: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Gidon Kramer, Gil Shaham, Maxim Vengerov, Sarah Chang
    and alive but not active: Kyung Wha Chung, Pinchas Zukerman

  3. martin g. matsil's Gravatar martin g. matsil
    February 24, 2012    

    I am an opera buff,I also love classic music,with symphony orchestra,and easy listening,the violin ,is a great instrument,so is the organ,also the human voice,such as Pavarotti,Domingo,carreras.and Mario Lanza.

  4. nchimunya (from zambia)'s Gravatar nchimunya (from zambia)
    March 10, 2012    

    i am a fan for joshua bells.am only 17 years,can i improve on the violin?

    • Jason(10 years old)'s Gravatar Jason(10 years old)
      July 16, 2014    

      scales, etudes, harmonics everyday 2 hours without stopping will improve your skills.

  5. March 23, 2012    

    just bijan mortazavi the best violinist in the world . . .

  6. Samuel's Gravatar Samuel
    April 5, 2012    

    Add David Garrett to this list! He is an amazing violinist…

    • Christian's Gravatar Christian
      December 13, 2012    

      No pun intended. In my opinion, he’s out the the league of to those people mentioned above. There’s nothing special about he’s playing that capture’s the listener. Personally, I like Maxim Vengerov’s playing because of he’s good interpretation.

  7. Ghil's Gravatar Ghil
    July 17, 2012    

    What about Mairead Nesbitt? she’s an amazing celtic violinist, and I think she’s one of the best in the world.

  8. Victoria's Gravatar Victoria
    August 4, 2012    

    I feel that all of them are good. My favourites are Midori Goto, Julia Fischer, Janine Jansen and Maxim Vengerov. Who is the best? Different people has different taste, so different people will rank differently

  9. Chris Lake's Gravatar Chris Lake
    December 16, 2012    

    It’s totally wrong to compare musicians (although favourite here is Janine) but personally rate Katica Illenyi as one of the highest. Not only is she a phenomenal classical player (check out her flair, insane technique and confident stage presence) but she also an incredible improviser and plays gypsy, jazz and country with the same amount of authority.

  10. Emma's Gravatar Emma
    December 18, 2012    

    I am twelve and like pop music, but I prefer classical music. I love the opera Carmen a lot. I play the violin and the piano. The best cellist is Yo-yo Ma, and the best pianist is Lang Lang (duh). Lang Lang started playing the piano when he was about 2 and a half years old! I think that the best vocalist is Josh Groban.

  11. Toni's Gravatar Toni
    January 4, 2013    

    When Isaac Stern wanted 3 students his firs choice was Edward Grach (Perlman and Zukerman were second and third choice). The soviet government didn’t let him go. Later he had some personal problems with Oistrakh. It’s too bad you never heard of him, but his name should be here. Shlomo Mintz is also much better than any of the Americans. Too pro-american list :(

  12. Nicolas's Gravatar Nicolas
    April 19, 2013    

    My favorite is Hilary Hahn. She is such a wonderful person and although she is a virtuoso, she never plays to show off. Her playing is always honest and sincere, and sometimes make other masters sound average in comparison. Just listen:

  13. Linda's Gravatar Linda
    May 15, 2013    

    Another young and inspiring violinist is Rosemary Siemens from Canada. Amazing. She is world renowned. She is currently on your with Destino.

  14. barry's Gravatar barry
    May 25, 2013    

    I’m sorry but somebody who is missing from this list is Nigel Kennedy, he is one of the most successful performers of his time and has won praise from around the world from many top artists saying he is one the best of all time.

  15. Jenny Aberg's Gravatar Jenny Aberg
    January 31, 2014    

    Hillary Hahn is a favorite. The Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos is another, who deserves a place on this list.

  16. BOSS's Gravatar BOSS
    February 6, 2014    


  17. guem's Gravatar guem
    April 9, 2014    

    I am no professional, but I think Fabio Biondi deserves a spot on the list.

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