Since the winter is coming to an end, listening to some soothing violin pieces is apt. Therefore we bring to you the top 6 violinist of all time. Enjoy!
1. Niccolò Paganini
No one can deny that the number one spot belongs to Paganini. Born in 1782, Paginini wasn’t just a violinist he was also a composer, guitarist and violist. He was a very popular during his lifetime and since then has left a mark in modern violin technique. His Caprice No. 24 in A minor, Op. 1, is one of the most celebrated violin piece and has inspired generations of violinists. To honour him here is a certain international violin competition named The Paganini Competition (Premio Paganini) created in 1954 in his home city of Genoa, held each year to honour him.
2. Antonio Vivaldi
A cleric, a teacher, a virtuoso violinist, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer. He is best-known for composing a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. Regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers ever, his work is still followed and revered. But sadly during his lifetime he didn’t taste much achievement and died in poverty. It wasn’t until the 20th century that his compositions were revived from obscurity. He has influenced a number of Baroque composers including the famous Johann Sebastian Bach.
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3. Pablo de Sarasate
He real name is Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascués (yea, I know it’s long) and he was born in 1844. He was a Spanish composer and violinist during the Romanic period. To honour him The Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition is held in Pamplona. And over the years a number works for violin were dedicated to Sarasate, which includes Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole,Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 and his Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Alexander Mackenzie’s Pibroch Suite, and Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.
4. Ole Bull
Ole Bornemann Bull Norwegian composer and violinist. Lived between 1810 to 1880 and unlike what his named seems to suggest, Bull wasn’t an American Indian. His success story started slowly when he spent sometimes in Germany pretending to study law and then in Paris for a year or two. Bull eventually became very famous went on to do thousands of concerts and became incredibly rich. During the end of his life he performed in a concert despite of illness. And after death, when his body was brought back to Norway, it was guided by 15 steamers and a large number of smaller vessels. It was the most spectacular death possession the country had ever seen.
5. Jascha Heifetz
Heifetz was born in 1901 in Vilnius, Lithuania. He was hailed as one of the finest violinist of modern time in the very debut performance. Following his debut performance The New York Times called him “perhaps the greatest violinist of all time.” Following a long, successful and productive career in recording and performances, Heifetz sustained injuries in his right (bowing) arm following which he began focusing on teaching. Heifetz died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California in December 1987 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously.
6. Arcangelo Corelli
Corelli was an Italian born in 1653. He was a composer and violinist of the Baroque era. The techniques of his performances weren’t just of top notch but were famous throughout Europe during his time. Even today, students learning violin can trace back their style of execution to that of Corelli’s. He died in Rome on 8 January 1713.