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11 Greatest Violinists of all time



Imagine if we lived in a world that has no artists. How could life be? I guess it could be unbearable as we need people to cheer us up and highlight some of the treasures we have in this world. Violinists have been a gem to the music world for centuries.

However, all artists are not created the same. Some are average, others are goods, and others legendary. As LVLMusicAcademy says, the training and dedication that one gets is what sets aside the average, the good, and the legendary players. Let us discuss some of the best violin players ever to grace the musical space.

Jascha Heifetz (1901-1974)
He was one of the most beloved violinists during his 65-year long career. Jascha started his career at the age of five and made his Carnegie Hall debut when he was only 16. He won the hearts of many people in the entertainment industry during his professional career. George Benard Shaw, an Irish playwright, and critic, wrote him a congratulatory letter after his London debut when he was only 19. Players in this industry continue to celebrate his legacy as seen in PBS's American Masters, titled "God's Fiddler.”

Nathan Mironovich Milstein (1904-1992)
This artist had a career that spans over 70 years. He was a transcriber, composer, and violinist who was loved for his electric performances and stamina. He was born to a Jewish family with no music history, but his love for music made him one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. His last public performance was in Stockholm in 1986 when he was 82 years old but still gave the audience something memorable. He has won many awards in this musical career, and one of the most remarkable was recording Bach's Sonatas and Partitas that won him a Grammy in 1975.

Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840)
This Italian legend was known for his music composing skills and his mastery of the violin. His father played the mandolin and trained him on playing the violin from a tender age. Some of his compositions, such as the 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op.1, are regarded as some of the most complicated in the musical world. Niccolo is credited for popularizing some of the techniques that people considered standard today. His career was not that smooth as he had gambling and alcohol problems but still made some of the best compositions that are celebrated to date.

Friedrich “Fritz” Kreisler (1875-1962)
The Austrian-born composer and violinist is celebrated as one of the greatest. He was known for his personal expressions that he fused with his performances. Other features that dominated Friedrich's performances and compositions were the melodic focus, passionate vibrato, and expressive phrasing. His talent made him appear on the cover of Time Magazine in 1995. His legacy lives on as his compositions and recordings are still listened to by those who want a classical vibe taste.

David Oistrakh (1908-1974)
The celebrated Russian violinists started playing the instrument at a mere age of 5 and made his first debut at 6. Winning the 1937 Ysaye Competition in Brussels gave him worldwide attention after he floored 67 violinists drawn from 21 different countries. David created a team which comprised of a cellist and a pianist, and the trio worked together for 23 years. He then became a teacher, and his son, Igor Oistrakh, was one of his students. David even performed with his son during the prime years of his career. David had a good relationship with the Soviet Union, which saw him win the principal cultural ambassador position during his performance years.

Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)
The Spanish violinist crafted his art profile in Paris, France. The legend is featured in Sherlock Holmes, a fictional detective movie. Pablo forged friendly relations and several deals between France and Germany. Some of these deals were both artistry and military. Some of his works that were published in Germany include Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Tunes) of 1878 and The Concert Fantasies on Carmen of 1883.

Guiseppe Tartini (1692-1770)
His parents wanted him to become a Franciscan friar, but he would follow his dream to become an accomplished violinist. He learned the basics at Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi before he mustered the courage to play for audiences in concerts. The Devil's Trill Sonata remains to be one of his most remarkable performances.

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
He served as a frontline doctor during World War 1. He would later resign and start a career in music, where he enjoyed a lot of success. Fritz was quoted saying that his was talent rather than hard work when it came to playing the violin. His most remarkable work is playing cadenza to the Beethoven Violin Concerto.

Mischa Elman (1891-1967)
He appears in the list of leading violinists of the recording generation. His love for music made him play some complicated instruments and musical pieces such as Wieniawski's concertos at the age of 11.

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
He can be termed as the Pablo Picasso of the virtuoso violin as he was one of the best during his era. His compositions were not that famous at the time of his death. However, Fritz Kreisler and Alfred Casella brought his music to live in the 20th century. He is now recognized as one of the best Baroque composers in the modern world. The Four Seasons, his series of violin concertos, is one of the most famous pieces of classical music that people enjoy today.

Stéphane Grappelli (1908-1997)
He was named as the godfather of Jazz violin due to his mastery of the instrument. Grappelli was self-taught and started practicing when he was 12. He teamed up with Django Rheinhardt and founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France to tour the world and make collaborations.

Itzhak Perlman (1945-)
This man is almost attaining the super-star status for his classical violin mastery. Itzhak Perlman is a skilled composer and artist with a worldwide fan base. He started playing the instrument as a child and has appeared in some of the best orchestras in the world.










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