So many fine violinists… so few brain cells.
I would have to put qualifiers to that question.
Who is/are my favorite violin player(s) to watch as I listen to them?
1. Itzhak Perlman and Sarah Chang (tie)
Who is/are my favorite violin player(s) for listening only?
The answer to that question can only be answered on a piece by piece basis.
I like Hilary Hahn best playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Arthur Grumiaux on Bach’s 6 Sonata’s and Partitas, Julia Fischer on Paganini’s 24 Caprices… I could go on, but… No!
So now that I’ve had time to sort it out a bit… It’s a tie between (using all qualifiers) Sarah Chang, Itzhak Perlman and Nicola Benedetti.
Why did you ask a tough question like this? I like ’em all… I don’t really have a favorite.