Who was the Eddie Van Halen of the 18th Century violin? His name was Niccolo Paganini!
Niccolò (or Nicolò) Paganini (October 27, 1782 – May 27, 1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He is one of the most famous violin virtuosi, and is considered one of the greatest violinists who ever lived, with perfect intonation and innovative techniques. Although nineteenth century Europe had seen several extraordinary violinists, Paganini was the preeminent violin virtuoso of that century. (from Wikipedia)
He played with an almost unbelievable and truly remarkable ability. Uncanny!