The 20 Greatest Violinists...how the musicians voted

Who were the 100 violinists that took part in our poll? And whom did they each nominate? Here is the voting in full

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The 20 Greatest Violinists...how the musicians voted
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Who are the finest violinists ever to have been recorded on disc? We asked 100 of today’s leading soloists, chamber music players, orchestra leaders and a number of violists to tell us. You can find the results here, and a full list of how the musicians voted below.

Violists are marked with a ‘V’, while for those best known for their ensemble work, we have named the group in question.

 

 

Michael Barenboim

Adolf Busch

Fritz Kreisler

Nathan Milstein

 

Rachel Barton Pine

Itzhak Perlman

Sigiswald Kuijken

Maud Powell

 

Yuri Bashmet (V)

William Primrose (V)

Vadim Borisovsky (V)

Fyodor Druzhinin (V)

 

Lisa Batiashvili

Anne-Sophie Mutter

Jascha Heifetz

Leonidas Kavakos

 

Corina Belcea (Belcea Quartet)

Arthur Grumiaux

Joseph Silverstein

Ivry Gitlis

 

Joshua Bell

Jascha Heifetz

Fritz Kreisler

Josef Gingold

 

Nicola Benedetti

Yehudi Menuhin

Nathan Milstein

David Oistrakh

 

Pavlo Beznosiuk

Jascha Heifetz

Josef Roisman

Gidon Kremer

 

Fabio Biondi

David Oistrakh

Gidon Kremer

Reinhard Goebel

 

Marat Bisengaliev

Váša Pˇríhoda

Jascha Heifetz

David Oistrakh

 

Stephen Bryant (BBC SO)

Jascha Heifetz

Albert Sammons

Hugh Bean

 

Renaud Capuçon

Christian Ferras

Nathan Milstein

Isaac Stern

 

Sarah Chang

David Oistrakh

Jascha Heifetz

Michael Rabin

 

Ray Chen

Jascha Heifetz

David Oistrakh

Janine Jansen

 

Levon Chilingirian

Manoug Parikian

Yehudi Menuhin

Joseph Szigeti

 

Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet)

Adolf Busch

Rudolf Kolisch

Sándor Végh

 

Brett Dean (V)

David Oistrakh

Frank Peter Zimmermann

Lakshminarayana Subramaniam

 

Eugene Drucker (Emerson Quartet)

Jascha Heifetz

Fritz Kreisler

Oscar Shumsky

 

Augustin Dumay

Isaac Stern

Nathan Milstein

Arthur Grumiaux

 

Edward Dusinberre (Takács Quartet)

Fritz Kreisler

Arthur Grumiaux

Ginette Neveu

 

James Ehnes

Jascha Heifetz

Fritz Kreisler

Itzhak Perlman

 

Bjarte Eike

Fritz Kreisler

Mark O’Connor

Andrew Manze

 

Isabelle Faust

Adolf Busch

Yehudi Menuhin

Dénes Zsigmondy

 

Julia Fischer

Yehudi Menuhin

David Oistrakh

Ginette Neveu

 

Vilde Frang

George Enescu

David Oistrakh

No third choice made

 

Vadim Gluzman

David Oistrakh

Isaac Stern

Gidon Kremer

 

Thomas Gould

David Oistrakh

Ivry Gitlis

Gidon Kremer

 

Philippe Graffin

Gidon Kremer

Philippe Hirschhorn

Josef Gingold

 

Ilya Gringolts

Yehudi Menuhin

Gidon Kremer

Thomas Zehetmair

 

Ida Haendel

Jascha Heifetz

Ginette Neveu

Isaac Stern

 

Viviane Hagner

Jascha Heifetz

Fritz Kreisler

Pinchas Zukerman

 

Chloë Hanslip

Ida Haendel

Leonid Kogan

Itzhak Perlman

 

David Harrington (Kronos Quartet)

Fritz Kreisler

‘Caliu’ Gheorghe Anghel

Dr N Rajam

 

Lesley Hatfield (BBC NOW)

David Oistrakh

Ginette Neveu

No third choice made

 

Daniel Hope

Fritz Kreisler

David Oistrakh

Jascha Heifetz

 

Fenella Humphreys

Fritz Kreisler

Josef Hassid

Sidney Griller

 

Janine Jansen

Arthur Grumiaux

Ginette Neveu

Philippe Hirschhorn

 

Veronika Jarušková (Pavel Haas Quartet)

David Oistrakh

Stéphane Grappelli

No third choice made

 

Leila Josefowicz

Gidon Kremer

Bronisław Huberman

Irvine Arditti

 

Leonidas Kavakos

Fritz Kreisler

Joseph Szigeti

Leonid Kogan

 

Nigel Kennedy

Isaac Stern

Jean-Luc Ponty

Yehudi Menuhin

 

Isabelle van Keulen

David Oistrakh

Gidon Kremer

Maxim Vengerov

 

Jennifer Koh

Bronisław Huberman

Joseph Szigeti

Josef Roisman & Alexander Schneider*

 

Rachel Kolly d’Alba

Christian Ferras

Ginette Neveu

Arthur Grumiaux

 

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Fritz Kreisler

Ivry Gitlis

Gidon Kremer

 

Henning Kraggerud

David Oistrakh

Ginette Neveu

Joseph Szigeti

 

Pekka Kuusisto

Svend Asmussen

Mauno Järvelä

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

 

Jaime Laredo

Yehudi Menuhin

Joseph Szigeti

Isaac Stern

 

Jack Liebeck

Jascha Heifetz

Nathan Milstein

Maxim Vengerov

 

Cho-Liang Lin

Jascha Heifetz

Isaac Stern

Itzhak Perlman

 

Tasmin Little

Ginette Neveu

Ida Haendel

Yehudi Menuhin

 

Andrew Manze

Reinhard Goebel

Adolf Busch

Stuff Smith

 

Neville Marriner

Jascha Heifetz

Arthur Grumiaux

Joseph Szigeti

 

Rupert Marshall-Luck

Itzhak Perlman

Norbert Brainin

Gábor Tákacs-Nagy

 

Anthony Marwood

Adolf Busch

Joseph Szigeti

Albert Sammons

 

Robert McDuffie

Yehudi Menuhin

Jascha Heifetz** (see end of list for explanation)

Itzhak Perlman

 

Anne Akiko Meyers

Jascha Heifetz

Gidon Kremer

David Oistrakh

 

Roman Mints

Fritz Kreisler

David Oistrakh

Oleg Kagan

 

Priya Mitchell

Bronisław Huberman

Yehudi Menuhin

Gidon Kremer

 

Lydia Mordkovitch

David Oistrakh

Jascha Heifetz

George Enescu

 

Viktoria Mullova

Leonid Kogan

Viktor Tretiakov

Florin Niculescu

 

Tai Murray

Ginette Neveu

Toscha Seidel

Frank Peter Zimmermann

 

Anne-Sophie Mutter

Fritz Kreisler

David Oistrakh

Nathan Milstein

 

Gordan Nikolitch

Jacques Thibaud

Jascha Heifetz

August Wilhelmj

 

Krysia Osostowicz (Dante Quartet)

Yehudi Menuhin

Joseph Szigeti

Wanda Wilkomirska

 

Peter Oundjian

David Oistrakh

Itzhak Perlman

Pinchas Zukerman

 

Ruth Palmer

Viktoria Mullova

Miriam Fried

Ginette Neveu

 

Itzhak Perlman

Fritz Kreisler

Jascha Heifetz

Isaac Stern

 

Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian (Trio Wanderer)

Jascha Heifetz

David Oistrakh

Christian Ferras

 

Jennifer Pike

Jascha Heifetz

Fritz Kreisler

Hugh Bean

 

Rachel Podger

Gidon Kremer

Ginette Neveu

Reinhard Goebel

 

Philippe Quint

David Oistrakh

Jascha Heifetz

Itzhak Perlman

 

Daniel Rohn

Jascha Heifetz

Henryk Szeryng

Pinchas Zukerman

 

Daniel Rowland (Brodsky Quartet)

Ivry Gitlis

David Oistrakh

Gidon Kremer

 

Pieter Schoeman (London Philharmonic Orchestra)

Jascha Heifetz

Pinchas Zukerman

Michael Rabin

 

Károly Schranz (Takács Quartet)

Joseph Szigeti

David Oistrakh

Yehudi Menuhin

 

Gil Shaham

Fritz Kreisler

Jascha Heifetz

David Oistrakh

 

Hagai Shaham

Jascha Heifetz

Fritz Kreisler

Nathan Milstein

 

Dmitry Sitkovetsky

Jascha Heifetz

David Oistrakh

Yehudi Menuhin

 

Alexander Sitkovetsky

Jascha Heifetz

Fritz Kreisler

Josef Suk

 

Peter Sheppard Skærved

Louis Krasner

Ralph Holmes

Emil Telmányi

 

Baiba Skride

David Oistrakh

Nathan Milstein

Henryk Szeryng

 

Callum Smart

David Oistrakh

Fritz Kreisler

Pinchas Zukerman

 

Valeriy Sokolov

Yehudi Menuhin

Isaac Stern

George Enescu

 

Alexandra Soumm

David Oistrakh

Leonid Kogan

Mikhail Kopelman

 

Simon Standage

Szymon Goldberg

Franco Gulli

Pinchas Zukerman

 

Arabella Steinbacher

Ivry Gitlis

Arthur Grumiaux

Nathan Milstein

 

Lara St John

Fritz Kreisler

Bronisław Huberman

Joseph Szigeti

 

Gábor Takács-Nagy (Takács Quartet)

Yehudi Menuhin

Joseph Szigeti

David Oistrakh

 

Antoine Tamestit (V)

David Oistrakh

Nathan Milstein

Frank Peter Zimmermann

 

Richard Tognetti

Ivry Gitlis

Fritz Kreisler

Sigiswald Kuijken

 

Yuri Torchinsky (BBC Philharmonic)

Jascha Heifetz

Fritz Kreisler

David Oistrakh

 

Matthew Trusler

Ruggiero Ricci

Jean-Jacques Kantorow

Nathan Milstein

 

Maxim Vengerov

Fritz Kreisler

Jascha Heifetz

David Oistrakh

 

Tamsin Waley-Cohen

Fritz Kreisler

Joseph Szigeti

Norbert Brainin

 

Elizabeth Wallfisch

Jascha Heifetz

David Oistrakh

Fritz Kreisler

 

Andrew Watkinson (Endellion Quartet)

Yehudi Menuhin

Joseph Szigeti

Adolf Busch

 

Frank Peter Zimmermann

David Oistrakh

Nathan Milstein

Arthur Grumiaux

 

Nikolaj Znaider

Jascha Heifetz

Nathan Milstein

Pinchas Zukerman

 

Pinchas Zukerman

Jascha Heifetz

Nathan Milstein

Isaac Stern

 

* First and second violinists of the Budapest String Quartet

** Robert McDuffie’s precise reason for Jascha Heifetz was: ‘He is a musical narcissist. He inspired me what not to do.’

 

Read more:

• The 20 Greatest Violinists

 

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