A violin concerto is a concerto for solo violin (occasionally, two or more violins) and instrumental ensemble (customarily orchestra). Such works have been written since the Baroque period, when the solo concerto form was first developed, up through the present day.
A violin is a "little viola", a violone is a "big viola" or a bass violin, and a violoncello (often abbreviated cello) is a "small violone" (or literally, a "small big viola"). (The violone is not part of the modern violin family; its place is taken by the modern double bass, an instrument with a mix of violin and viol characteristics.)
En violin eller fiol tillhör gruppen stråkinstrument och sopranmedlemmen i fiolfamiljen. Den är sedan sexton- eller sjuttonhundratalet ett av de allra vanligaste musikinstrumenten, i såväl klassisk musik som folkmusik .