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The piano is one of the most popular and most diverse musical instruments in the world. The instrument has permeated through dozens of genres of music, lending itself to help create some of the most moving and emotional pieces of music in history. The people on this list are masters of the piano and are considered giants in the musical world.  

Whether you recognize these musicians or not, they've all carved a place out for themselves in the classical music world and have become influential and prominent figures in the industry. If you love geeking out on music, we definitely recommend finding some of their music. 

This list is votable and rerankable, so take a look through and vote up your favorite famous classical pianists in the world. If you don't see someone on here who should be, feel free to add them, but this list is for living musicians only.
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Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
asiantkl added Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

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Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
markuka85 added Artur Schnabel Classical music

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328 120
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Arcadi Volodos Classical music

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313 120
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Zoltán Kocsis Classical music

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324 180
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Michail Pletnev Classical music

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254 165
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Ivo Pogorelić Classical music

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248 162
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Grigory Sokolov Classical music

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221 157
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Radu Lupu Classical music

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324 222
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

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79 31
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
gnicholls added Denis Matsuev

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129 71
Yefim Bronfman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Yefim Bronfman Classical music

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98 60
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
markuka85 added Glenn Gould Classical music

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238 204
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Martha Argerich Classical music

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218 169
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Evgeny Kissin Classical music

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48 18
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Levi Rojas added Claudio Arrau Classical music

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Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

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164 113
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
András Schiff Classical music

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109 81
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
sander-dahlberg added Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

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93 78
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Murray Perahia Classical music

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118 108
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Maurizio Pollini Classical music

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70 43
Nelson Freire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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23 2
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Jdoggy added William Kapell

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66 62
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
markuka85 added Emil Gilels Classical music

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70 48
Leif Ove Andsnes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Leif Ove Andsnes Classical music

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51 47
Stephen Kovacevich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Stephen Kovacevich Classical music

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118 97
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Vladimir Ashkenazy Classical music

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29 15
Leon Fleisher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
markuka85 added Leon Fleisher Classical music

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76 55
Андрей Владимирович Гаврилов is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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58 48
Wilhelm Kempff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
markuka85 added Wilhelm Kempff Opera, Classical music

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Yuja Wang is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
pianolover added Yuja Wang

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40 21
Cyprien Katsaris is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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28 16
Richard Goode is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
markuka85 added Richard Goode

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102 88
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Marc-André Hamelin Classical music

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81 81
Daniil Trifonov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Christine Daffe added Daniil Trifonov

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84 73
Yeol Eum Son is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
RSTaylor added Yeol Eum Son

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137 144
Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Daniel Barenboim Classical music

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34 22
Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Ivan Moravec Classical music

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87 105
Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Alfred Brendel Classical music

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134 147
Mitsuko Uchida is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Mitsuko Uchida Classical music

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45 40
Stephen Hough is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Stephen Hough Classical music

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35 28
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
André Previn Classical music

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72 81
Fazıl Say is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
CankutYakut added Fazıl Say Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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14 7
Cecile Licad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Cecile Licad Classical music

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51 60
Maria-João Pires is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
JoãoMartins added Maria-João Pires

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27 22
Peter Serkin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Peter Serkin Classical music

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94 101
Hélène Grimaud is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Hélène Grimaud Classical music

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185 211
Marina Yakhlakova is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
pianolover added Marina Yakhlakova

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80 100
Lang Lang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Lang Lang Classical music

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29 27
André Watts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
André Watts Classical music

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38 26
Philippe Entremont is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Philippe Entremont Classical music