Pat Ireland, my teacher. About six years ago or so, he played violin with a friend who sings at a restaurant. He blew me away with his solos. The next day I googled him! I saw him at the grocery store a few weeks later and gushed over him and he was very kind and receptive. Fast forward to 4 months ago and I made the leap to learning from him. Other players who influence me are (among many others) Roman Kim and David Garrett.