And it’s playing Rachmaninov, naturally.
Some of history's legendary violinists, cellists and viola players make up our top 10. Do you agree? Have your say - and vote for your favourite
"What makes a great string player?" asks Catherine Bott on this Sunday's Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music (Sunday 25 January, 9pm). "It's more than just brilliant technique," Catherine says. "One thing the finest string players do is create their own unique sound."
Catherine has selected these ten 'Lords of the Strings' for her show - each of them created his or her own unique sound. Do you agree with her choices?