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  • Meet The 5 Greatest Violinists Of All Time
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    The violin is one of today’s most popular instruments where musicians all over the world use to perform classical and contemporary pieces. And throughout the centuries and years, we’ve seen many amazing violinists come and go.


    Here are our top 5 choices when it comes to the greatest violinists of all time

    Jascha Heifetz (1901-87) Lithuanian-American

    Jascha was born in Russia in 1901. He took his first lessons at three and made a debut as a violinist in Russia at seven. With much interest from overseas, Heifetz made his debut in America in 1917.

    Like Nathan Milstein another great musician, Heifetz took lessons with the legendary pedagogue Leopold Auer.

    Heifetz made his American debut at Carnegie Hall and left the audience in shock. His style and stroke on the violin was something never seen before. During his time, the way he played the violin was quite modern and a marvel to witness.

    David Oistrakh (1908-74) Ukrainian

    David Oistrakh is another all-time great violinist who was born with natural gifts and talents to play the violin. He used to dream of playing the violin as a child and started taking his first lessons at the age of 5 with his official instructor named Pyotr Stolyarsky.

    Oistrakh graduated aged 18 in 1926, performing Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto just three years after its Parisian premiere. A couple years later Oistrakh was invited by a famous conductor named Nikolai Malko to make his debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Make sure to check out his performance above.

    Gidon Kremer (1947 – Present) Latvian

    Gidon Kremer is a talented violinist that began playing the violin at the age of four, receiving instruction from his father and his grandfather who were both professional violinists. Kremer went on to study at the Riga School of Music, where his teacher was mainly Voldemar Sturestep (Voldemārs Stūresteps).

    From 1965 Gidon Kremer studied with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1967, he won third place at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels; then, in 1969, second place at the Montreal International Violin Competition (shared with Oleh Krysa) followed by first place at the Paganini Competition in Genoa; and finally first place again in 1970 at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

    Make sure to check out his performance above.

    Yehudi Menuhin (1916 – 1999) American

    Yehudi Menuhin was born in 1916 in New York where he grew up to be a violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in Britain. He is widely considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century.

    Menuhin first took violin lessons at age four by Sigmund Anker. his parents had wanted Louis Persinger to teach him, but Persinger initially refused. Menuhin displayed exceptional talent at an early age. His first public appearance, when he was seven years old, was as a solo violinist with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1923. Persinger then agreed to teach him and accompanied him on the piano for his first few solo recordings in 1928–29.

    His first concerto recording was made in 1931, Bruch’s G minor, under Sir Landon Ronald in London. Make sure to check out his performance above.

    Viktoria Mullova (1959 – present) Russian

    Viktoria Mullova is a russian born violinist famous for her contemporary style approach. After studying at the Central Music School of Moscow and at the Moscow Conservatoire under Leonid Kogan, she won first prize at the 1980 International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki and the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982.

    Make sure to check out her performance above.

    The greatest things about these violinists is that they had some amazing go-to songs. They varied in sound and style that broke the barriers during their time. Local Masters has some of the best instructors around the world that are prepared to help you learn some of the greatest songs of all time on the violin. Whether it be in-person or online, you will be able to find a Local Master near you.

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