Top 10 Living Soloists - your vote


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Trying to make a list from the instrument's illustrious history is like trying to guess the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin.  (Rabin?  Puh-leez! He'd never be able to separate from mommy and give up drugs.  Similarly Fodor.)

I'm...uh...experienced....enought to have played with some on this list, but in the end, there will always and ever and only ever be the one Heifetz at the top.  He was a "superstar" before the word was ever invented.

If you don't believe me, listen to anything in his discography.

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Trying to make a list from the instrument's illustrious history is like trying to guess the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin.  (Rabin?  Puh-leez! He'd never be able to separate from mommy and give up drugs.  Similarly Fodor.)

I'm...uh...experienced....enought to have played with some on this list, but in the end, there will always and ever and only ever be the one Heifetz at the top.  He was a "superstar" before the word was ever invented.

If you don't believe me, listen to anything in his discography.

Ummm, excuse me, but did you mean to insert this post in the "Historical" thread?  :)

 

Who are your 10 favorite living soloists?  As you are a pro, I'm rather curious.

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Is he alive ?

 

 Yes.  Shouldn't he be?  Isn't he like, 47?

 

I'm waiting until the last instant in case they mess up on stage or have some email trail of nefarious activity revealed.

 

Sure you are.

 

What do we mean by 'TOP' soloist....The most famous? The one who makes the most money or has the biggest concert fee...the one who is the best player in technique or integrity or  interpretation? etc...All being equal, could it be the one who like Menuhin gives  back in terms of spreading the gift of music to those who it might otherwise not reach?....

 

 

Yes.

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Accardo, Salvatore          

Akiko Meyers, Anne      

Barton Pine, Rachel        

Batiashvili, Lisa  (2)

Bell, Joshua       

Benedetti, Nicola            

Chang, Sarah     

Ehnes, James (4)

Fischer, Julia      

Goebel, Reinhard            

Hadelich, Augustin         

Haendel, Ida      

Hahn, Hilary (5)

Huang, Frank    

Ibragimova, Alina            

Jansen, Janine  

Kavakos, Lenonidas (2)

Khachatryan, Sergey      

Lautenbacher, Susanne

Lin, Cho Liang "Jimmy" 

Mintz, Schlomo

Mutter, Anne-Sophie (3)

Perlman, Itzak  

Podger, Rachel 

Salerno-Sonnenberg, Nadja        

Shaham, Gil       

St. John, Lara     

Vengerov, Maxim (2)

Zuckerman, Pinchas        

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Accardo, Salvatore          

Akiko Meyers, Anne      

Barton Pine, Rachel        

Batiashvili, Lisa  (2)

Bell, Joshua       

Benedetti, Nicola            

Chang, Sarah     

Ehnes, James (4)

Fischer, Julia      

Goebel, Reinhard            

Hadelich, Augustin         

Haendel, Ida      

Hahn, Hilary (5)

Huang, Frank    

Ibragimova, Alina            

Jansen, Janine  

Kavakos, Lenonidas (2)

Khachatryan, Sergey      

Lautenbacher, Susanne

Lin, Cho Liang "Jimmy" 

Mintz, Schlomo

Mutter, Anne-Sophie (3)

Perlman, Itzak  

Podger, Rachel 

Salerno-Sonnenberg, Nadja        

Shaham, Gil       

St. John, Lara     

Vengerov, Maxim (2)

Zuckerman, Pinchas        

 

I think this is somehow unfair - there is many more people we heard about.

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Carl:  Who did I miss?  I have it in alphabetical order now.

 

This was supposed to be a list of who you think is a Top 10 contender (and everyone was supposed to submit one vote only), not a list of all of one's favourites.  My favourite players are not necessarily 'the best' player.  Even I can tell that much.

 

However!  For fun I have included all the names!  We will still end up with a Top 10!

 

Accardo, Salvatore          

Akiko Meyers, Anne      

Barton Pine, Rachel        

Batiashvili, Lisa  (2)

Bell, Joshua       

Benedetti, Nicola            

Chang, Sarah     

Ehnes, James (4)

Fischer, Julia      

Goebel, Reinhard            

Hadelich, Augustin         

Haendel, Ida      

Hahn, Hilary (5)

Huang, Frank    

Ibragimova, Alina            

Jansen, Janine  

Kavakos, Lenonidas (2)

Khachatryan, Sergey      

Lautenbacher, Susanne

Lin, Cho Liang "Jimmy" 

Mintz, Schlomo

Mutter, Anne-Sophie (3)

Onofri, Enrico

Perlman, Itzak  

Podger, Rachel 

Salerno-Sonnenberg, Nadja        

Shaham, Gil       

St. John, Lara     

Vengerov, Maxim (2)

Zuckerman, Pinchas

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My favorite living violinists I don't know the name of.  One was a soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic who played the Mozart A major with a really profound sense of style.  He had a long name with not enough vowels that doesn't work in English.  Another was a local guy I didn't know who made the final round of the Tchaikovsky competition or something.  I was sitting pretty close at a recital and it was like a synesthesia light show.  Zukerman and Vengerov, I've enjoyed teaching videos by.  If I had to vote it might be Kavakos.  They're all a cut above, but K. might be a cut above that even, for me.

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Accardo, Salvatore          


Akiko Meyers, Anne      


Barton Pine, Rachel        


Batiashvili, Lisa  (2)


Bell, Joshua       


Benedetti, Nicola            


Chang, Sarah     


Ehnes, James (4)


Fischer, Julia      


Goebel, Reinhard            


Hadelich, Augustin         


Haendel, Ida      


Hahn, Hilary (5)


Huang, Frank    


Ibragimova, Alina            


Jansen, Janine  


Kavakos, Lenonidas (2)


Khachatryan, Sergey    


Koh, Jennifer  


Lautenbacher, Susanne


Lin, Cho Liang "Jimmy" 


Mintz, Schlomo


Mutter, Anne-Sophie (3)


Onofri, Enrico


Perlman, Itzak  


Podger, Rachel 


Salerno-Sonnenberg, Nadja        


Shaham, Gil       


St. John, Lara     


Vengerov, Maxim (2)


Zuckerman, Pinchas


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Who are your 10 favorite living soloists?  As you are a pro, I'm rather curious.

 I wish I could pick just one; often it's the last one we worked with.  There is an astounding amount of top talent out there no one's heard of.  Yet!  

 

Starker once posited that developing a "career" just begins with talent, hard work, and good reviews.  But to reach the top, there must be something more.  Charisma goes a long way.  Excellent stage deportment (see: your favorite classical singer!). Connections.  It most certainly helps if you're a pianist or violinist.  I'm sure it helps to live in a media capital, like New York, at least until you're firmly established.

 

Kavakos has played with us twice.  Certainly he's extraordinary, but then there's a whole lot of competition.  They all have technique to burn.  Keep in mind Midori recorded the Paganini Caprices when she was about 16 years old!

 

Mintz I'll pass on.  

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Augustin Hadelich, Alina Ibragimova, Janine Jansen, and, though she's not so well known,  Bella Hristova

I remember Bella well from a night of intense Youtube surfing and suggestion clicking.  Janine has it all going on too.  They all have something worth hearing.  Top 10 is really stupid.  But not as stupid as top 100 or 1000. 

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Where is Gitlis?

Love or hate him, he is a force. Creatively and intellectually I think he is way ahead of many on this list.

James Ehnes seems to make a deep impression on orchestral players who have worked with him, perhaps because of his extreme competence and his lack of posturing. 

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