most impressive violinperformance on youtube

February 4, 2009 at 09:35 PM ·

the most impressive violinvideos I have seen on youtube is probably Mutter player Penderecki´s 2 concerto and Kavakos playing Paganini´s 5 Caprice

what are the most impressive you have seen?

Replies (40)

February 4, 2009 at 10:09 PM ·


perfect timing.  I just saw soemthing that left me speechless.   Eugene Fodor playing the cadenza to Paginini 1.   Not only has the tehcnicque surpassed the master but that tone is just so beautiful.....



February 5, 2009 at 05:54 AM ·

I enjoy seeing all the performances on Youtube (Schlomo Mintz wailing through the third movement of Sibelius while appearing to expend very little energy comes to mind), but quite frankly the pile of uninformed and outright idiotic comments that are left on many of the videos are a big turnoff. Apparently today, it's the in thing to rip on *everyone* for having flaws (oh no, they're human!).

February 5, 2009 at 06:40 AM ·


Gene,  very true,  but why on earth do you read them?   Once was enouhg for me. then i just gave up and enjoyed the music.



February 5, 2009 at 09:54 AM ·

Two videos came to mind:

Hilary Hahn doing Die Erlkoenig


Leonidas Kavakos doing Recuerdas de la Alhambra (Ricci arrangement)

I think both are incredibly musical interpretations of showpieces!

February 5, 2009 at 12:56 PM ·

Oistrakh (D) playing Clair de Lune.

Not virtuoso in the flashy sense but what an immense sense of presence and attention.

February 5, 2009 at 06:32 PM ·

Here are mine (FYI, the order in which they are listed has no ranking):

Clair de lune by Oistrakh

Mozart Violin Concerto- Janine Jansen

Hilary Hahn interview and Sarabande performance as well as Twinkle twinkle at the end

Der Erl Koenig

And the list goes on on and on...

February 5, 2009 at 08:46 PM ·

Gitlis: Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso.

February 7, 2009 at 10:36 PM ·

February 8, 2009 at 01:34 AM ·

Another Pag 24; dramatic production but a most thrilling performance, part of the whole piece performed live. Especially like the bit near the middle where he near beats the living daylights out of the violin!


February 8, 2009 at 01:29 AM ·

Buri, I saw Fodor play a recital in a basketball arena back in the day.   Out of curiosity I went up into the rafter seats to hear what it sounded like.  Not much different. The dominant impression of the whole thing was like I could never get anywhere close to that kind of playing - the only time I ever had that experience.

Anyway, here's a bunch of impressive players all at once.

February 8, 2009 at 02:24 AM ·

Eileen Ivers as a young fiddler in New York. Different style, but still impressive.

February 8, 2009 at 03:28 AM ·

I enjoy Sarah Chang's  playing Vitali's Chaconne.

February 8, 2009 at 04:12 AM ·

Can you folks provide links to these artists on you tube?

February 8, 2009 at 04:13 AM ·

In the Pag Perpetuum mobile, Should it be bowed more by wrist action with a steady forearm, or should the wrist and forearm move as a unit?  

February 8, 2009 at 04:25 AM ·

My vote for most impressive: simple and elegant.  Menuhin's ave maria.

I go wow an awful lot when I see what people can play, but this piece begs to be overplayed and shmalzed, and Menuhin doesn't do that.  

February 8, 2009 at 06:15 AM ·

i always have a new favorite. Tonight it is Enescu playing Chausson's Poeme.

Part 1  

Part 2


February 8, 2009 at 01:50 PM ·

Anything by Schlomo Mintz, his Mendelssohn was especially amazing. IF it weren't for youtube I would have never come across his performances save a CD of the Rode caprices that my teacher copied for me years ago.

February 8, 2009 at 03:30 PM ·


my favourite youtube violin video is Gil Shaham playing Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy with Abbado conducting the Berlin Philarmonic:

Part I

Part II


February 8, 2009 at 06:58 PM ·

Check out Heifetz playing Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso


The opening is quite hilarious, as it was from a movie made in 1939 with two teens at the beginning making snyde comments.

February 9, 2009 at 04:38 PM ·

I like that Heifetz clip, but prefer the Stern/Bell Telephone Hour version, also on youtube.

However, I'd like to submit this clip of Arnold Steinhardt-- his sound is incredibly (and wonderfully) "old school," in my opinion.  And, of course, the playing is very, very good.


February 9, 2009 at 10:51 PM ·

Nicholas Koeckert playing the Bartok Solo Sonata gets my vote:

February 10, 2009 at 04:48 AM ·

Der Erlkonig performed by Kristof Barati... Hands Down

no questions even asked, this is the most brilliant performance on you tube

February 10, 2009 at 04:58 AM ·

Ida Haendel at age 78 (2006) performing Ziguernweisen:

From the same concert, she also performs Brahms Sonata No.1!  She is so astounding at such an old age!!  I have tremendous respect for her.

February 10, 2009 at 01:12 PM ·

To me it's how JULIA FISCHER, at her tender age of 19 relates the drama of Erlkoenig on her Strad in a breathtaking live performance in Bonn, here



February 10, 2009 at 02:54 PM ·

Kogan's Nel Cor

February 10, 2009 at 04:52 PM ·

Kogan's cadenza to Paganini 1. Simply breath-taking.

February 11, 2009 at 05:30 AM ·

I like Alexander Markov's interpretation of the  caprices, he doesn't follow the score note-for-note and his modifications are daring and effective:

Joseph Lendvay sr:

his son joseph lendvay jr


February 11, 2009 at 06:36 AM ·

Probably Hilary Hahn playing Mozart 4...most in tune (and sadly also most imaginative) performance I have ever heard.  Which then again isn't saying much, but here it is!

February 11, 2009 at 08:18 PM ·

I'd have to put this guy high on the list for inspiration.

February 12, 2009 at 08:04 PM ·

Milstein's Paganiniana....

February 12, 2009 at 08:28 PM ·

Kyung-Wha Chung playing the Walton concerto at the Walton 80th birthday concert.

Also good is Chung's Vivaldi 4 Seasons mini-documentary, and her Bruch Concerto #1 with Previn.

February 12, 2009 at 10:49 PM ·

Youtube has added so much value to my understanding of classical music - it benefits to me majorly outweigh the negative comments which I try my best to ignore.

Among the many videos I like, I often find myself going back to Hilary Hahn's take on Paganiniana which is beautiful to listen to and fun to watch:

Another favorite is Oistrakh's version of the Tchaikovsky concerto which is so very Russian and classy:

February 12, 2009 at 09:24 PM ·

Kogan playing the Waxman Carmen Fantasy is very impressive.

February 12, 2009 at 09:58 PM ·

Yes, Kogan playing anything is always spectacular...the Waxman was one of his best pieces.

I also was going to mention Anne Akiko Meyers playing the Barber (the orchestra sucks but she does incredibly well) and also Bruch Scottish Fantasy.

Is Milstein playing the Kreutzer Sonata with Pludermacher still on there?  The version they did in the 80s was almost better than the one they did in the 60s!!

February 12, 2009 at 11:14 PM ·

This one is definitely NOT one of my favorites.  They are obviously faking it.

At least Itzaak and YoYo were faking it to their own recording during the inauguration.

February 13, 2009 at 12:54 AM ·

I suspect he wasn't "faking it" here.  Although his right arm movements seem amazingly unrelated to the sounds he's making, you can tell from a few left-hand shots that the sound is synchronized fairly well.

February 15, 2009 at 06:26 AM ·

i really like the christian ferras performance of the second movement of sibelius - very moving.

and for showpieces, hilary hahns der erlkonig and also frank peter zimmermann's paganini variations on god save the queen... kind of unbelievable.

February 17, 2009 at 07:20 AM ·

For me very impressive are the Vasco Abadjiev's performances on you tube:  I Palpiti, Bazini,  Bach- second partita, Paganini- Nel cor....... and Tarantela from Sarasate. The records are directly from hall and with not very high quality but enough to see what genius is this violinist.

February 17, 2009 at 10:44 AM ·

there seems to be a wide selection of favourites among violinist,com members; but I challenge anyone if they have heard a better performance  than that of Heifetz playing  Scherzo Tarantelle .

February 28, 2009 at 11:57 AM ·

Mr. and Mrs. Leonid Kogan (Elisabeth Gilels) playing Leclair. So beautiful.

This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

JR Judd Violins
JR Judd Violins

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases Shopping Guide Shopping Guide

Metzler Violin Shop

Southwest Strings

Bobelock Cases

Johnson String Instrument/Carriage House Violins

Jargar Strings

Bay Fine Strings Violin Shop


Los Angeles Violin Shop


String Masters

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Laurie's Books

Discover the best of in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews. Interviews Volume 1 Interviews Volume 1, with introduction by Hilary Hahn Interviews Volume 2 Interviews Volume 2, with introduction by Rachel Barton Pine