The Hardest Violin Pieces Ever Written

These no-nonsense compositions are the most hand crippling that you can find for the violin. All of them have been performed, some of them less than others. Most websites mention collections of difficult music, or pieces that are far inferior in difficulty to these. This is the real deal.

9) Eugene Ysaye Violin Sonata No.6 in E

8) Ernst Violin Concerto in F# minor: This grand work in one movement is significantly underperformed.

7) Paganini Caprice No.4 in C minor

6) Ernst Last Rose of Summer

5) Locatelli Pietro Violin Concerto Op.3 No.12: Don't let the silly sounding beginning fool you. This is a monstrous piece. The less patient can go straight to 2:25, 6:34, 13:28, and 15:22:

4) Waxman Carmen Fantasy

3) Emile Sauret Cadenza for Paganini's Concerto No.1

2) Milhaud Cinema Fantaisie

1) Schoenberg Violin Concerto

Honorable Mentions:

Roman Kim Introduction and Variations on theme "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" from Opera "LA TRAVIATA" by Giuseppe Verdi.


Bela Bartok Solo Violin Sonata