National Violin Day 2018: Rob Landes’ 5 Most Iconic Covers Ever

By: Cindy G. Castillo Posted: 3:04 PM, Dec 11, 2018 Updated: 3:08 PM, Dec 11, 2018

National Violin Dayis upon us! That’s right. December 13th is a day dedicated to the majestic sound that can only come from this one-of-a-kind string instrument. And to celebrate, The List is featuring an artist famous for taking the sound of a violin to another level. With almost 30 million views on YouTube, Rob Landes is one of the most innovative violinists on the platform. That’s why we’re celebrating National Violin Day with five of his all-time best covers. 

1. “Hallelujah” Violin Looping Cover

It’s the song that catapulted him into YouTube stardom back in 2015. This performance of the classic song “Hallelujah” is accompanied by pianist Aubry Pitcher and the sound couldn’t be more hauntingly beautiful.

2. “Despacito” on a $1.2 Million Dollar Violin

We all remember the catchy tune, “Despacito.” As of this month, it’s one of the fastest videos to reach the one billion view mark on YouTube. Rob decided to cover the song, but took it to a whole new level by playing it on a $1.2 million violin. It’s a must watch — the sound will give you goosebumps!

3. Fortnite Dances on the Violin

Rob knows how to get his viewers’ attention. Fortnite is the video game phenomenon of 2018 so, as an ode of that, he decided to recreate the video game’s most popular dances on the violin. He covers moves like, “fresh,” “ride that pony,” “the floss,” and more. And, of course, hes nails each and every one!

4. “Believer” by Imagine Dragons With 6 Small Violins

Rob has been playing the violin since he was three years old and comes from a family of musicians. Per viewers’ request, he took all the violins he’s played since, and created an impeccable cover of the hit “Believer” by Imagine Dragons.

5. “Wake Me Up” Violin Cover | Avicii Tribute

Avicii’s death in April shocked the world, leaving behind millions of loving fans and followers of his music. Rob decided to pay tribute to the late DJ by covering one of his most popular songs, “Wake Me Up.” The final piece will, needless to say, leave you speechless.


If you’re looking to celebrate National Violin Day, now you’ve got five tunes to make you swoon!


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