It’s not really easy to discern when evaluating artists. Artistry is rather subjective and, based on the situation, the tools used for contrast change.
And while almost all types of art, with violinists, are real, there is an indescribable discernment among players.
While, unfortunately, we’ve never heard of many great violin players, some of the players we know have had a big influence on the instrument below. So, let find out who is the best violinist in the world.
Paganini Niccolo (1782-1840)
Robert Schumann said of Paganini once,
“Who is most responsible for the foundation of Christianity? Paganini must stand on the same rung of the violin’s ladder.”
Nicolo was born in 1782 in Genoa and played the Mandolin from his dad before switching to the violin at the age of seven. His talents were soon noticed by his tutors, and he was said to have overtaken them very easily.
In his native Italy, and even around the world, Paganini was definitely a legend. He has officially performed more than 10 hours a day and performed for some of the world’s most prestigious audiences.
He existed in a time without immediate contact in the world, though his legendary playing and popularity had an extremely mystical meaning. He was also a master musician besides the violin and played the guitar with such lovely balance.
My prominent luthiers, Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri, were lucky enough to perform violins, and to play on Il Cannone Guarnerius for much of his career.
By 1832, his reputation had won him such immense wealth and influence that he lived in a luxurious Paris apartment in the coming year.
He was a flamboyant exhibitor who fanced the stage and was still excellent for the crowd. While he later became an addict to alcohol and music, he never lost sight of the game with his stringed instrument.
Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)
Made it on the 19th century “Who’s Who” list, we present to you the master, the tale, the kingpin! The foreign Spaniard wanted to live in Paris , France and he made a special reputation in the film industry for himself.
Pablo de Sarasate was a renowned master of the 19th century, whose talents contributed to the premiership of many now popular compositions. He still conducts his own works today and is known for his unusual opera medleying, including “Concert Fantasies on Carmen” of 1883.
Pablo de Sarasota, the son of a bandmaster in artillery, was often supposed to be a revered violinist. The legend claims that the very first time his father picked up his dusty violin, he could play music well.
After a number of courses, he was finally accepted as a singer to the royal court in Madrid. He was sent to study at the Paris Conservatoire at the age of twelve.
Good performances are expected to happen in the future, and the violinist will always have an exciting surprise on your feet for him when you give him a standing ovation when it comes to violin performance.
Violin is a physical art behind it with pretty fascinating customs. Take your violins with the excellence of understanding that the more you keep them idle, the more they find their true voice again – play, play and play more!
Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
Eugène Ysaÿe from Belgium is considered a legendary and mysterious figure. The violin he had played had mystical roots and was passed on to his family over decades.
Whatever the reality of the tale, he nevertheless displays immense curiosity and appreciation, his compositions played thus far.
He was one of the first to perform for the Berlin Philharmonic before he even became popular. While his playing was legendary, much contemporary violin playing is attributed to his sophisticated teaching technique.
As he grew older, he became an important teacher and driver and became in 1922 the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s music director after turning down the New York Philharmonic.
Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
Kreisler was born in Austria and was a leader in feeling, with an easily identifiable ring, from his voice. But he was also a sophisticated and legendary composer of violin works, which protected his name and influence.
One of the most articulate and special violinists of all time, Fritz Kreisler. He studied with composer Anton Bruckner at the Vienna Conservatory and was tutored by Delibes and Massart in Paris.
After working as a doctor in the First World War, Austria’s Kreisler picked up the violin and proceeded to establish a career outside of medicine. Kreisler, by his own admittance, played nothing but was automatic to the fiddle.
Disheartened by the Vienna Philharmonic’s reluctance to allow him to play, he took a short break. However, he had restored his place by 1910 and conducted the Elgar Violin Concerto premiere.
He performed last publicly in 1947. In addition to being a virtuoso musician, he was also recognised as an operetta composer and also as a film director for The King Steps Out 1936.
Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987)
The Jewish-American violinist Jascha Heifetz, who was born in Lithuania in 1901, moved to the States during his adolescence.
Since studying violin when he was 2 years old, he had played in several parts of Europe and Russia, and ultimately arrived in San Francisco in 1917. Shortly thereafter, he made his Carnegie Hall debut.
When the fellow violin legend Fritz Kreisler first heard Heifetz perform, he said “We should take our fiddles and smash them over our knees.”
Unfortunately, in his later years he was persuaded to limit his success and thus concentrated on teaching and social issues.
As one of the most loved violinists of all time, Jascha Heifetz is an undisputed leader. His sixty-five-year career started when he was five and featured an especially unbelievable debut at the age of 16.
In a very well-known letter to Heifetz after his debut in London (at the age of 19), George Benard Shaw wrote, “If you provoke a jealous God by playing with such superhuman perfection you will die young.
I earnestly advise you to play something badly every night before going to bed, instead of saying your prayers. No mortal should presume to play so faultlessly.”
David Oistrakh (1908-1974)
David Oistrakh was born in Ukraine in 1908 and was globally awarded for his outstanding technique and tone. At the age of five, he started playing and practiced in the well-known Odessa Conservatory.
Russian virtuoso David Oistrakh has been awarded the post-Humus Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with the Orchestra as another of the leading violinists of the twentieth century.
His art command received several awards and distinctions over his nearly 60-year career.
He gave recitals in the State throughout the early days of the Soviet Union, including Eastern Europe. He ultimately will teach himself violin and receive the coveted Eugene Ysaye competition.
In the 1950s, it was one of the few Soviet players permitted to visit the United Kingdom and the United States. Posthumously, in his honour, an asteroid, the 42516 Ostraich was named.
Stephane Grappelli (1908-1997)
Stephane Grappelli, a pioneer in jazz violin, was born in Paris in 1908. His mother died at the age of five, and the outbreak of the First World War gave him the help of famed American dancer Isadora Duncan. He got to love French Impressionist music with her.
Famous for the genre of Jazz, Grappelli taught himself and developed a distinctive movement throughout his music. He was a late starter at 12 but quickly became known as the Jazz Violin Godfather.
He lived his following years at an orphanage in deep poverty. However, he would ultimately become regarded as an important Django Reinhardt collaborator.
He was a successful session player in the 1960s and performed with musicians as varied as Pink Floyd, Paul Simon and Yehudi Menuhin.
He founded and toured the world and produced several popular collaborations, including with Yehudi Menuhin, the revolutionary Quintette du Hot Club de France.
Joshua Bell (1967-)
Joshua Bell was one of the first musicians to turn the notion of a child prodigy into a whole career through sheer continued hard work and perfection, when it was all odd and unique.
Joshua Bell, a native of Indiana, began playing violin at the age of 4. He had a prestigious solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 14. At 17 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall and since then has toured the world with several of the world’s major orchestras.
He is a renowned artistic academic and a continuing donor to soundtracks like The Red Violin. In 2007, he made headlines in a Washington Subway Station for acting Incognito as a busker.
Sarah Chang (1980-)
This American violinist, who is a child prodigy, ranks among the best classical violins because of his outstanding talent, pure entonation and creative zeal.
A host of honors attest to the undeniable gift of this virtuoso.
In a 2006 issue, Sarah Chang was named “Women and Leadership 20 Influential Women Taking Control” under one of the top 20 women.
She was later honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for all her technical accomplishments in 2008. What a violinist, what a violinist!