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Famous Female Pianists

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This list of famous female pianists is ranked by their level of prominence, with photos when available. This greatest female pianists list contains the most prominent female piano players. There are thousands of women working as pianists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic pianists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a girl aspiring to be a woman pianist then the people below should give you inspiration.

From Nina Simone to Demi Lovato, there have been all kinds of female piano singers and famous female piano players throughout music history. 

While this isn't a list of all female pianists, it does feature over 250 women pianists from a variety of musical eras. Who are the most famous female pianists? Who are the best female pianists? Take a look below!


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    Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato rose to prominence in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. She released her debut ...more

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    • Age: age 23
    • Birthplace: Albuquerque, USA, New Mexico
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, TV Personality, Dancer
    • Credits: Glee, Camp Rock, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Princess Protection Program, Sonny with a Chance, + more
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    Amy Lee
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    Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist. She is co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence. She cites influences ranging from composers such as Mozart and Danny Elfman, to contemporary artists Björk, Tori Amos, ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Dancing with the Stars, I Love the New Millennium, The Best of Deathmatch Wrestling: Vol. 4: Queens of the Deathmatch, Evanescence: Broken, Evanescence's 'What You Want', + more
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    Christina Perri
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    Christina Judith Perri is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Philadelphia. Her debut single "Jar of Hearts" charted after it was featured on the Fox television show So You Think You Can Dance in 2010. The single went on to sell over 3 million copies in the United States and was a hit around ...more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Pianist, Singer-songwriter, Singer
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    Marié Christina Digby is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and actress. She is known for her acoustic cover version of Rihanna's "Umbrella", which attracted attention on YouTube in 2007. The song was subsequently played on the radio station STAR 98.7, was featured on the highly rated ...more

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    • Age: age 32
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Pianist, Singer-songwriter, Singer
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    Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. The sixth child of a preacher's family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. Her ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1933-2003)
    • Birthplace: USA, Tryon, North Carolina
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Pianist, Singer
    • Credits: Sharkwater, Rwanda pour mémoire, Nina Simone: Live at Montreux 1976, A Nightingale Sang: Tribute to Nat King Cole, Nina Simone: Live, + more
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    Colbie Caillat
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    Colbie Marie Caillat is an American pop singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist from Malibu, California. She debuted in 2007 with Coco, which included hit singles "Bubbly" and "Realize". In 2008, she recorded a duet with Jason Mraz, "Lucky", which won a Grammy. Caillat released her second album, ...more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Ventura County, California, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, + more
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Pianist, Singer-songwriter, Singer, + more
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    Janel Parrish is an American actress, dancer, singer and songwriter. She is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars. She is also known for the role of Jade in the 2007 film Bratz: The Movie. She came in third place on the nineteenth season of Dancing with the ...more

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    • Age: age 27
    • Birthplace: Oahu, USA, Hawaii
    • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Pretty Little Liars, Dancing with the Stars, Fired Up!, Triple Dog, Celeste and Jesse Forever, + more
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    Clara Schumann
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    Clara Schumann was a German musician and composer, considered one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era. She exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, changing the format and repertoire of the piano recital and the tastes of the listening public. Her husband was the composer ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1819-1896)
    • Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
    • Profession: Pianist, Composer
    • Credits: The Europeans, Clara, Dancing Soul
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    Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide. On December 11, 2009, Billboard magazine named her the second Jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade, establishing her as one of ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Nanaimo, Canada
    • Profession: Record producer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Actor, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Public Enemies, De-Lovely, Tony Bennett: An American Classic, Piano Grand: A Smithsonian Celebration, 42nd Grammy Awards, + more
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    Eileen Alannah Joyce CMG was an Australian pianist whose career spanned more than 30 years. She lived in England in her adult years. Her recordings made her popular internationally in the 1930s and 1940s, particularly during World War II; at her zenith she was compared in popular esteem with Gracie ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1908-1991)
    • Birthplace: Zeehan, Australia
    • Profession: Pianist, Harpsichordist
    • Credits: Wherever She Goes
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    Loreena McKennitt
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    Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt, CM OM is a Canadian musician, composer, harpist, accordionist and pianist who writes, records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes. McKennitt is known for her refined and clear dramatic soprano vocals. She has sold more than 14 million records ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Morden, Canada
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Tinker Bell, Jade, Great Performances, The Burning Times, Goddess Remembered, + more
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    Amy Marcy Cheney Beach
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    Amy Marcy Cheney Beach was an American composer and pianist. She was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music. Most of her compositions and performances were under the name Mrs. H.H.A. Beach.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1867-1944)
    • Birthplace: Henniker, New Hampshire, United States of America
    • Profession: Pianist, Composer
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    Alice Coltrane, née McLeod was an American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, and composer, and the second wife of jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane. One of the few harpists in the history of jazz, she recorded many albums as a bandleader, beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Impulse!more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1937-2007)
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Sideman, Bandleader, Harpist, Composer, + more
    • Credits: The Dancing Soul of the Walking People
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    Helen Sung is an American jazz pianist.more

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    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Pianist
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    Carol Welsman is a Canadian jazz vocalist and pianist. She is the granddaughter of conductor/composer Frank Welsman and the sister of composer John Welsman. She has been nominated 5 times for the Juno Award.more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter
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    Brenda Russell
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    Brenda Russell is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboardist. Known for her eclectic musical style, her recordings have encompassed several different genres, including pop, soul, dance, jazz and adult contemporary. She is perhaps most well known for her 1988 hit "Piano in the Dark", and also ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, + more
    • Credits: Liberty Heights, People
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    Kathryn Selby AM is an Australian classical pianist. She is often known as Kathy Selby. She grew up in Sydney. She entered the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the age of seven. She followed this with study with Béla Síki at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1976 she was awarded a Churchill ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Profession: Pianist
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    Patrice Louise Rushen is an American composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, music director and vocalist. Her 1982 single, "Forget Me Nots", received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Rushen had great success on the R&B and dance charts, but "Forget ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Cora Unashamed, Our America, Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years
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    Sara Davis Buechner is an American concert pianist and educator.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Pianist, Teacher
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    Victoria Christina Hesketh, better known by her stage name Little Boots, is an English electropop singer-songwriter and DJ. She was previously a member of the band Dead Disco. Since performing as a solo artist she has released two albums, Hands and Nocturnes and a number of associated EPs and remixes.more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Blackpool, England
    • Profession: Pianist, Singer-songwriter, Disc jockey, Singer
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