List of classical violinists

This is a list of notable classical violinists from the baroque era to the 21st century.

For a more comprehensive list of contemporary classical violinists, see List of contemporary classical violinists.

Baroque eraEdit

Classical eraEdit

Romantic eraEdit

20th–21st centuriesEdit

Note: This does not include living violinists, who are listed at List of contemporary classical violinists.


As a supplement to the lists above, the following is a list of violinists who were known for playing the instrument badly in support of comedy routines.



Further readingEdit

  • The Art of Violin Playing Books 1 & 2, Carl Flesch. Edited by Eric Rosenblith. Carl Fischer Music ISBN 0-8258-2822-8 and ISBN 0-8258-6590-5
  • The Armenian Bowing Art, Anahit Tsitsikian,Published by “Edit Print” print house Yerevan, 2004.(in Russian)
  • The Art of Violin Playing, Daniel Melsa, Foulsham & Co. Ltd.
  • Biographical Notice of Nicolo Paganini, by F.J. Fétis (c. 1880), Schott & Co.
  • The Book of the Violin, edited by Dominic Gill (1984), Phaidon Press. ISBN 0-7148-2286-8
  • The Devil's Box-Masters of Southern Fiddling by Charles Wolfe (1997), Country Music Foundation Press. ISBN 0-8265-1324-7
  • An Encyclopedia of the Violin, by Alberto Bachmann (1965/1990), Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80004-7
  • The Great Violinists, by Margaret Campbell (1980/2004), Robson Books. ISBN 1-86105-623-0
  • Paganini-The Genoese, by G.I.C. de Courcy (1957), University of Oklahoma Press
  • Stuff Smith-Pure at Heart, edited by Anthony Barnett & Eva Løgager (1991), Allardyce Barnett Publishers. ISBN 0-907954-15-4
  • Szigeti on the Violin, by Joseph Szigeti (1969/1979), Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-23763-X
  • Tartini-His Life and Times, by Prof. Dr. Lev Ginsburg (1968), Paganiniana Publications Inc. ISBN 0-87666-590-3
  • Unfinished Journey, Yehudi Menuhin (1976), Macdonald and Jane's. ISBN 0-354-04146-0
  • The Violin, by Yehudi Menuhin (1996), Flammarion. ISBN 2-08-013623-2
  • The Violin: A Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument by Schoenbaum, David (2012). New York, New York : W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9780393084405
  • The Violin and I, by Kato Havas (1968/1975), Bosworth & Co. Ltd.
  • Violin Playing-As I Teach it, by Leopold Auer (1921/1960), Gerarld Duckworth & Co Ltd.
  • Violins & Violinists, by Franz Farga (1950), Rockliff Publishing Corporation Ltd.
  • Ysaÿe, by Prof. Dr. Lev Ginsburg (1980), Paganiniana Publications Inc. ISBN 0-87666-620-9

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