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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 music business and have become influential and prominent figures in the industry. They are some of the most famous male pianists ever, and there are many talented famous female piano players as well. 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 modern pianist 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 contemporary musicians only.

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Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Martha Argerich Argentina

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Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Evgeny Kissin Russia

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Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Vladimir Horowitz United States of America, Russian Empire

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Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Yuja Wang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Yuja Wang China

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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Sergei Rachmaninoff United States of America, Russia

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Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Daniel Barenboim Palestinian National Authority, Argentina, Spain

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Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Franz Liszt Hungary

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Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Claudio Arrau Chile, United States of America

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Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Arthur Rubinstein Poland, United States of America

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András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
András Schiff People's Republic of Hungary, United Kingdom

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Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Murray Perahia United States of America

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Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Glenn Gould Canada

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Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Sviatoslav Richter Soviet Union

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Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Li Yundi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Li Yundi China

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Maria-João Pires is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Fazıl Say is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Fazıl Say Turkey

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Danill Trifonov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Danill Trifonov

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Lang Lang is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Lang Lang China

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Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Alfred Brendel Austria

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Mitsuko Uchida is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Mitsuko Uchida United Kingdom, Japan

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Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Artur Schnabel Austria

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Wilhelm Kempff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Wilhelm Kempff Germany

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Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Denis Matsuev Russia

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Nikolai Lugansky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Stephen Hough is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Stephen Hough United Kingdom

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Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Nelson Freire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Nelson Freire Brazil

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Olga Kern is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Seong-jin Cho is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Seong-jin Cho

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Cyprien Katsaris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Emil Gilels Russia

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Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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André Watts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
André Watts United States of America

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Leon Fleisher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Leon Fleisher United States of America

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Leif Ove Andsnes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Clara Schumann is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Clara Schumann Germany

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Yiruma is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Yiruma South Korea

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Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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Marina Yakhlakova is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pianists in the World