To those like me who enjoy classical violin music today's cup of amazing violin talents is flooding over. Two of my many favorite violinists playing these days are Viviane Hagner and Julia Fischer. I'm sure most classical music fans have heard of at least the latter (though I would argue that one should know both). They are both from Munich (well, Hagner was born in Munich but is more of a Berliner), have amazing left hand, and seem quite fond of laughing...
Oh, yeah, and they are both very good at the piano, too. How sick is that?
Fischer actually double-bills as piano and violin virtuoso.
Hagner pretty much concentrates on the violin (her sister, Nicole, is the pianist in the family and they do concerts together a lot), though as you can see from the first video that she is no slouch at the keyboard either. Unlike the more acoustically rounded Fischer (she hardly ever makes odd sound with her bow), Hagner is a sort of 'strange/intriguing voice' on the violin... but the odd sound she makes is always elegantly odd and fitting in sensibly in her own way.