Who Is Your Favorite Living Violinist?
I'm just starting to learn violin and I wanted to check out some inspiring violinists who are still alive and performing. I figured this would be a good place to compile a list. So far my favorite is Hilary Hahn.
So who is your favorite living violinist to listen to and/or watch perform?
Ida Haendel. Not many left like her.
Augustin Hadelich. His playing is so musical, so precise, the most gorgeous sound - and he gives just as much attention and care to his performances in the smaller venues as the big ones.
Tsk well deserved on both possible counts.
Shoji, Vengerov, Repin, Hahn, Chang, and many others. A few of the bigger names of today I like or respect, but do not go crazy about them as many do. I am not a "school" sort of fan, so I may enjoy two very different, so-called "opposite" violinists. I just care about musical sincerity and that subjective, "something special".
These days, Corina Belcea.
Hilary Hahn tops my list, but I'm listening more and more to Augustin Hadelich and Arabella Steinbacher.
Julia Fischer, Nicola Benedetti, Joshua Bell, James Ehnes, Maxim Vengerov, Sarah Chang
Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Koh, and Patricia Kopatchinskaja
My favorites are Maxim Vengerov, Itzhak Perlman, Hilary Hahn, Ray Chen , Anne Akiko Meyers and recently Brett Yang and Eddy Chen from TwoSet Violin. However my most favorite of them all is Itzhak Perlman.
Favorite: Hilary Hahn. Her Bach Sonatas & Partitas are amazing.
Hilary Hahn - what a talented and humble personality!
Hilary Hahn and Itzhak Perlman top my list for their playing. Also, Rachel Barton Pine as a champion for underplayed repertoire.
I should like to add: Isabelle Faust, Giuliano Carmignola, Renaud Capuçon and Gil Shaham
Anne Sophie Mutter
Shlomo Mintz is my favourite. His Paganini Caprices just look so flawlessly essy when under his fingers
I can't have a "favorite" one. What I can choose as "preferred" or "favorite" are the specific interpretations: I love Perlman for Bruch, Hilary Hahn for Mendelssohn, Vengerov for Mozart...
I am curious as to why many listeners don't really like Joshua Bell ...
Watson - I also love Mintz. I really like his Sibelius and Mendelssohn violin concerto recordings. I also like James Ehnes's Mendelssohn.
I think it's Bell's stage personality that gets to folks. When he plays he seems aloof. But he's an incredibly passionate violinist with a great sound and I love his Mozart, especially his cadenzas. Maybe he needs to go hula hooping and folks will give him the time of day again.
Living and preforming:
I got to meet Hadelich just after he won the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis in 2006. I asked him to sign my Sonatas and Partitas, and he was so flustered, I think I might have been the first person to ask for his autograph... "Just sign in my regular handwriting? It's not very pretty..." It was very sweet. :)
Hilary Hahn, Ray Chen, Patricia Kopatchinskaja (same nature as me :)), Nicola Benedetti, Pavel Šporcl (from my country), Jaroslav Svecený (also czech), Daniel Hope, Joshua Bell
Hadelich is extremely likeable! His interview was my favourite:
As Paul N says, horses for courses.
I like Hahn, Vengerov, Hadelich, Midori, Nemanja Radulovic and so many more!
I didn't know that Perlman had retired, either. Also, Anita, do you still have your scores of the Bach S&Ps?
I am continually surprised that Gidon Kremer is omitted in such lists.
Oh so so so many...
Benjamin I love Kremer too. Frankly I like his Bach more than HH's. Kremer really puts his whole being into his playing, I love that.
If I am allowed to color a bit outside the lines.. Jay Ungar - I give extra credit for those who play tunes they wrote themselves.
Itzhak Perlman has not retired, at least not entirely. He will be performing duo concerts with Evgeny Kissin this year in several places across the US. He is taking on more speaking engagements as I understand, but he is still playing.
Hilary Hahn, Julia Fischer and Roman Kim, for my fiddlers' three.
A couple of years ago we saw Bell play the Tchaikovsky, and it was amazing. His stage manner seems very affected, but close your eyes, and wow. I had never really liked the Tchaikovsky until that night. The cadenza was like music from another world.
Hilary Hahn and Vadim Repin. Also Ida Haendel but I don't know if she's still playing. And Veronika Jaruskova (1st violin of the Pavel Haas Quartet) - capable of producing real magic even in familiar repertoire.
Anne Akiko Meyers inspired me to play again, so I would have to say she is my favorite.
Also Christian Tetzlaff and Frank Peter Zimmermann.
Part of the reason I have a huge liking for Mintz (as well as his Paganini) is that he was the one who got me into the Mendelssohn concerto. I had tried a few times before listening to his, and they didn't do it for me
Roman Kim, no question! David Krakovich is a close second.
Nina, I do! I figured it would be the one thing I would carry around with me for the rest of my life. :) it’s significantly more beat up, though...
Depends on the piece, and I go through phases, but am really warming to Janice Jansen's playing. Especially love her romantic concertos, there's a great recording of Brahms on Spotify.
Adrian Anantawan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-uAvM6ZTLc
Mr. Hak-also appreciate Zimmermann and Tetzlaff very much.
Vengerov gave one of the best performances I've seen in person. I wouldn't miss an opportunity to see him again. I also saw Perlman, but I think he has lost some spark in his playing.
Gil Shaham, especially for Bach S+P.
Nate, Nate, Nate...
One more very special violinist:
Leila Josefowicz, for a recording of Prokofiev's first with an expressiveness few others if any other have made, and for having the courage and conviction to promote new music despite our common inertia.
Matt Lawrence: Have you listened to his podcasts? He does podcasts with his wife, who happens to be in LA Phil as well. It gives you a good look on the inner workings of professional violin life.
Hilary Hahn and Anne Akiko Myers. Two completely different approaches and sounds that I can’t get enough of.
@Carl, thanks for the suggestion! I'm sure the podcasts are interesting insights into the life of a professional.
Anne Sophie Mutter. Such electrifying, passionate playing.
A few of my favorites include Jerry Goodman, Yuzuko Horigome, and Mark o’connor.
I cannot name a favorite violinist (not any more). I grew up on Kreisler and Heifetz - but Milstein, Szigetti, Ricci and Stern were also big names at the time - and Erica Morini.
Andrew, you really are a man from another time. I wish I could say I listened to Heifetz live.
These two aren't living - but definitely check out recordings of Jascha Heifetz and David Oistrakh. :-)
Manami Ito, the one armed violinist.
Living and not living, M.VENGEROV
Isabelle Faust, Rachel Barton Pine, Johnny Gandelsman
In no particular order: Augustin Hadelich, Gidon Kremer, Rachel Podger, Hilary Hahn, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Janine Jansen ... and many others.
Nicola Benedetti. Always warm and felt performances - the Brahms sonatas with Grynyuk are to die for - and a passionate advocate for musical education. Bringing the Scottish premiere of Wynton Marsalis' concerto to a hall near me this week!
Oh, adding one more violinist to my list, not a frequent soloist, but a favorite orchestral leader: Lorenza Borrani, CM of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Spira Mirabilis. I haven't seen anyone better at leading a section. When I first became a section leader, she was the person I watched and tried to emulate.
When I first heard Anne Akiko Meyers play
Personally, I prefer the dead to the living (not in a satanic or goth way lol). However, Leonidas Kavakos and Frank Peter Zimmerman in my view are quite superior. Usually my number 1 favorite interpretation of a piece is played by someone dead, but like Carl S said earlier, Kavakos's Schostakovich No. 1 is definitely an exception.
Hilary Hahn. People always talk about her flawless intonation but I think her right hand is just as, if not more, ridiculous.
Whether one likes Ms. Hahn or not, at least she is one of the few who would record so-called "bad" or "second tier" music, usually along with a better regarded work. She doesn't really seems to care whether it will be acceptable for the modern audience, and just does it. In this and a few other regards, she keeps honoring some "old school" traditions which should perhaps have never become "old" in the first place.
Ben Mink! He contributed to a couple of RUSH albums, Titus Munteanu of Abney Park!!!