American classical violinists

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  1. Miri Ben-Ari

    Miri Ben-Ari


    Miri Ben-Ari (Hebrew: מירי בן-ארי‎; born December 4, 1978) is an Israeli-born American violinist. She currently resides in New Jersey.

  2. Jascha Heifetz

    Jascha Heifetz


    Jascha Heifetz (/ˈhfɪts/; February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1901 – December 10, 1987) was a violinist, widely considered to be one of the finest violinists of modern times. Born in Vilnius, Russian Empire (now Lithuania), he moved as a teenager to the United States, where his Carnegie Hall debut was rapturously received. The New York Times called him "perhaps the greatest violinist of all time." Fritz Kreisler, another leading violinist of the twentieth century, said on hearing Heifetz's debut, "We might as well take our fiddles and smash them across our knees."

  3. Louis Farrakhan

    Louis Farrakhan


    Louis Farrakhan, Sr. (born Louis Eugene Wolcott; May 11, 1933, and formerly known as Louis X) is the leader of the religious group Nation of Islam (NOI). He served as the minister of major mosques in Boston and Harlem, and was appointed by the longtime NOI leader, Elijah Muhammad, as the National Representative of the Nation of Islam. After Warith Deen Muhammad disbanded the NOI and started the orthodox Islamic group American Society of Muslims, Farrakhan started rebuilding the NOI. In 1981 he revived the name Nation of Islam for his organization, previously known as Final Call, regaining many of the Nation of Islam's National properties including the NOI National Headquarters Mosque Maryam, reopening over 130 NOI mosques in America and the world. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Farrakhan as antisemitic and a proponent of an anti-white theology. Farrakhan himself, however, disputes this view of his ideology.

  4. Joshua Bell

    Joshua Bell


    Joshua David Bell (born December 9, 1967) is an American Grammy Award-winning violinist and conductor.

  5. Hilary Hahn

    Hilary Hahn


    Hilary Hahn (born November 27, 1979) is an American violinist. In her active international career she has performed throughout the world both as a soloist with leading orchestras and conductors and as a recitalist. She also has built a reputation for championing contemporary music. Several composers have written works specially for her, including concerti by Edgar Meyer and Jennifer Higdon.

  6. Itzhak Perlman

    Itzhak Perlman


    Itzhak Perlman (Hebrew: יצחק פרלמן‎; born August 31, 1945) is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and pedagogue.

  7. Isaac Stern

    Isaac Stern


    Isaac Stern (Ukrainian: Ісаак Штерн, Russian: Исаа́к Штерн; 21 July 1920 – 22 September 2001) was an American violinist and conductor.

  8. Ivan Galamian

    Ivan Galamian


    Ivan Alexander Galamian (Armenian: Իվան Ղալամյան; February 5 [O.S. January 23] 1903 – April 14, 1981) was an Iranian-born Armenian violin teacher of the twentieth century.

  9. Yehudi Menuhin

    Yehudi Menuhin


    Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE (22 April 1916 – 12 March 1999) was an American-born violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom. He became a citizen of Switzerland in 1970, and a British citizen in 1985. He is widely considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century.

  10. Sarah Chang

    Sarah Chang


    Sarah Chang (Korean: 장영주) (born Young Joo Chang, on December 10, 1980) is an American classical violinist. Recognized as a child prodigy, she first played as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1989. She enrolled at Juilliard School to study music, graduated in 1999, and continued university studies. Especially during the 1990s and 2000s, Chang had major roles as a soloist with many of the world's major orchestras.

  11. Eugene Ormandy

    Eugene Ormandy


  12. Fritz Kreisler

    Fritz Kreisler


    Friedrich "Fritz" Kreisler (February 2, 1875 – January 29, 1962) was an Austrian-born violinist and composer. One of the most famous violin masters of his or any other day, and regarded as one of the greatest violinists of all time, he was known for his sweet tone and expressive phrasing. Like many great violinists of his generation, he produced a characteristic sound which was immediately recognizable as his own. Although he derived in many respects from the Franco-Belgian school, his style is nonetheless reminiscent of the gemütlich (cozy) lifestyle of pre-war Vienna.

  13. Nathan Milstein

    Nathan Milstein


    Nathan Mironovich Milstein (January 13, 1904 [O.S. December 31, 1903] – December 21, 1992) was a Russian Empire-born American virtuoso violinist.

  14. Lorin Maazel

    Lorin Maazel


    Lorin Varencove Maazel (March 6, 1930 – July 13, 2014) was an American conductor, violinist and composer. Making his debut at the conducting podium at the age of eight, he embarked on his career in earnest in 1953, establishing a reputation in European concert halls by 1960 but, by comparison, his career in the U.S. progressed far more slowly. However, he would later be appointed music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic (NYP), among other posts. Maazel was well-regarded in baton technique and possessed a photographic memory for scores. Described as mercurial and forbidding in rehearsal, he mellowed in old age.

  15. Ruggiero Ricci

    Ruggiero Ricci


    Ruggiero Ricci (July 24, 1918 – August 6, 2012) was an American violinist known for performances and recordings of the works of Paganini.

  16. Hugo Riesenfeld

    Hugo Riesenfeld


    Hugo Riesenfeld (January 26, 1879 – September 10, 1939) was a Jewish Austrian-American composer. As a film director, he began to write his own orchestral compositions for silent films in 1917, and co-created modern production techniques where film scoring serves an integral part of the action. Riesenfeld composed about 100 film scores in his career.

  17. Helen Armstrong (violinist)

    Helen Armstrong (violinist)


    Helen Armstrong (March 16, 1943 – April 28, 2006) was the founder and artistic director of Armstrong Chamber Concerts Inc (ACC), a non-profit, chamber music organization she founded in 1984. The creation and development of ACC was inspired by Avery Fisher and Skitch Henderson, who advised Ms. Armstrong that her new artistic mission should be to broaden public interest and knowledge of chamber music through performance and education. The heart of this mission has been to bring musical education to public and private schools through its unique Students’ Music Enrichment Program. More than 100,000 students have participated in this program in Litchfield and Fairfield counties, and in Harlem and the Bronx.

  18. Alexander Schneider

    Alexander Schneider


    Alexander Schneider (21 October 1908 – 2 February 1993) was a violinist, conductor, and educator. Born to a Lithuanian Jewish family in Vilnius, Lithuania, he later moved to the United States as a member of the Budapest String Quartet. He died in Manhattan, New York City, at the age of 84.

  19. Anomie Belle

    Anomie Belle


    Anomie Belle (an·o·me bel) is an American musician and artivist. As a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer, Anomie writes, records and produces her solo work. Originally a classically trained violinist and songwriter from Portland, Anomie began recording her own music as a child. She has since worked as a musician and producer in Madrid, Glasgow, Amsterdam, New York, Buenos Aires, and London before moving to Seattle in 2006. She is also active as a film composer.

  20. Nathaniel Ayers

    Nathaniel Ayers


    Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, Jr. (born January 31, 1951) is an American musician. He is the subject of numerous newspaper columns, a book, and a 2009 film adaptation based on the columns. A foundation bearing his name was started in 2008 with an aim to support artistically gifted people with mental illness.

  21. Corinne Chapelle

    Corinne Chapelle


    Corinne Chapelle (b. 5 August 1976 in California) is an American classical violinist. Born to a French father and a Tunisian mother, Chapelle was raised in Southern California.

  22. Roland and Almita Vamos

    Roland and Almita Vamos


    Roland and Almita Vamos are a husband and wife who are among the leading violin and viola instructors in the world. Their pupils have become prominent soloists, members of world renowned chamber groups and orchestras, and laureates of prestigious international competitions. The Vamoses have been recognized at the White House seven times and were named Distinguished Teachers by the National Endowment for the Arts. They have been honored by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) with the Distinguished Service Award, and showcased on CBS' Sunday Morning News.

  23. Roman Totenberg

    Roman Totenberg


    Roman Totenberg (1 January 1911 – 8 May 2012) was a Polish-American violinist and educator.

  24. Toscha Seidel

    Toscha Seidel


    Toscha Seidel (November 17, 1899 – November 15, 1962) was a Russian virtuoso violinist, born in Odessa. A student of Leopold Auer in St. Petersburg, Seidel became known for a lush, romantic tone and unique and free rubato. In the 1930s he emigrated to the United States, making his way to Hollywood where he made a career in the studios of motion pictures. He was featured (as soloist) in several Hollywood productions, including the movies Intermezzo, Apomethe, [1] and Melody for Three [2]. He was also an avid chess player (like Mischa Elman).

  25. Efrem Zimbalist

    Efrem Zimbalist


    Efrem Zimbalist, Sr. (21 April [O.S. 9 April] 1889 or 1890  – February 22, 1985) was an internationally known concert violinist, composer, teacher, conductor and director of the Curtis Institute of Music.

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