These vibrant violinists mastered the violin

Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) -
The great French Post-Impressionist painter Henri Rousseau, pictured here in 1902, was an accomplished violinist.

Marlene Dietrich (1901–1992) -
Hollywood legend Marlene Dietrich studied the violin as a teenager, and was once the violinist for a pit orchestra in a silent film theater. 

Albert Einstein (1879–1955) -
When not developing his theory of relativity, theoretical physicist Albert Einstein would pick up the violin, on which he was highly proficient.

Jack Benny (1894–1974) -
American comic actor Jack Benny transitioned from modest success playing violin on the vaudeville circuit to a highly popular comedic career in radio, television, and film.

'Bound for Glory' (1976) -
David Carradine portrays Woody Guthrie in 'Bound for Glory,' a biographical film about one of the most significant figures in American western folk music.

Nigel Kennedy -
English violinist Nigel Kennedy was a child prodigy; at the age of seven he became a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music. 

Vanessa-Mae -
At the age of 13, Singapore-born Vanessa-Mae became the youngest soloist to record both the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky violin concertos, according to Guinness World Records.

Lindsey Stirling -
American violinist, songwriter, and dancer Lindsey Stirling on stage during her 2016 Brave Enough Tour at The Fox Theater in Detroit. 

Spiritual sound -
A monk practices violin in the grounds of Tiantai Temple in Hongan, Hubei province, China

Music therapy -
A young girl plays the violin for an interested donkey.

Robotic music -
Toyota's violin-playing robot plays at Universal Design Showcase in Tokyo. The robot, which has 17 joints in both arms, uses precise control to play the violin.

Music to their ears -
Pictured in 1945 on the platform of Passau railway station in Germany, prior to leaving for home, this group of GIs relax to guitar, violin, and accordion music.

Kaleidoscope view -
In this movie still from the 1933 Busby Berkeley musical 'Gold Diggers of 1933,' dancers with violins are seen from overhead in impressive kaleidoscopic formation.

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