Famous Violinists

The violin is the queen of string instruments. Whoever masters this instrument also occupies an outstanding and unique position among musicians. In this article, we introduce you to amazing musicians who have mastered the violin. The traditional violin is used by many musicians in the genre of classical music. The modern interpretations of this instrument such as an electric violin for the expression of rocky, jazzy, bluesy or electronic music pieces are becoming more and more popular.

Famous Violinists
Famous Violinists

We all know such names as Antonio Vivaldi, Johannes Sebastian Bach, or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They were not only famous composers in the 17th and 18th centuries but also excellent violinists. But who are the stars of this classical instrument today?

David Garrett

David Garrett proves that even good-looking artists have talent and conquer the world’s stages through their playing. Born in Aachen in 1980, he learned to play the violin at the age of 4 from his father. In his performances and on his albums, he combines classical and modern music and this way he makes classical music more accessible to a younger audience. He played the virtuosic and fast Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov on stage and pieces by Metallica as well as other rock anthems.

Speaking of Flight of the Bumblebee, David Garrett even ensured an entry in the Guinness Book of Records with it. He managed to complete the demanding piece flawlessly in 65.26 seconds. Only one other violinist Ben Lee had a better result in 2010 as he was 1 second faster.

Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti is a famous violinist of her generation. Her ability to charm audiences with her incredible musicianship and strong stage presence, together with her incredible skill in classical music, has made her known as one of the most influential classical artists of today. 

Benedetti won in the finals of the Young Musician of the Year competition organized by the BBC in 2004 and from then she became popular almost overnight. She learned to play the violin at the age of 4 and was considered a child prodigy when she became concertmaster of the National Children Orchestra at the age of 8.

Since July 2018, Nicola took over as President of the European String Teachers’ Association. It is important for her to support young musicians. In 2020, she founded the charity organization called the Benedetti Foundation.

Vanessa Mae

Vanessa Mae also finds her place in the list of successful and popular violinists of this century. Her idiosyncratic and modern-designed electric violin as well as rhythmically integrated dancing moves while playing on stage testify to her uniqueness. The beautiful violinist performs a combination of different musical genres with her instrument, including pop, classical, rock, and techno.

Vanessa Mae was born in Singapore in 1978, grew up in London, started playing piano at the age of 3 and violin at 5. At the age of 10, Mae performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra while launching a career as a skier. Her entertaining performances on stage were very popular with the audience. Mae released several albums, including The Violin Player, Storm, or China Girl.