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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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.

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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.’

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• The 20 Greatest Violinists

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