Violinists have shaped the musical world for centuries with the unique and melodic sounds that violins produce. Many have contributed to modern music, as well as classical music and the following are just a few of the great violinists whose works remain ever so prevalent and relevant in today’s musical scene.
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Antonio Vivaldi was an Italian composer and violinist who helped shape classical music and the way in which most play the violin today. Born in 1678, he was trained on the violin from a young age by his father, who was a professional violinist himself. Vivaldi was lucky enough to meet many fine composers and musicians in Venice at the time, he also had the opportunity to learn from them. Vivaldi is widely known for and famous for his Baroque-style concertos, which are still used by many who study the violin for technical training.
Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840)
Paganini was the most famous violinist-composer of the Late-Classical/Early-Romantic period. His technique was so advanced and ahead of anyone else that only he could play most of the pieces he wrote for the violin during his time. During Paganini’s life, people believed that the performer had made a deal with the devil to acquire his flawless technique. However, in reality, he practiced anywhere from 12-15 hours a day!
Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)
Born in Pamplona, Navarre, Pablo de Sarasate started studying at the Paris Conservatoire at age 12. In 1859, he began a world tour that lasted almost 30 years. He was both a violinist and composer and performed opera fantasies that he arranged for himself. His most famous work, Zigeunerweisen, was written for violin and orchestra.
These three violinists are just a few of the biggest musical figures whose talents and works still influence the music we create to this day.