bands/musicians The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time  

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Classical music forever shaped the future of music. Most of contemporary music has influences from classical music in some way. Becoming a professional pianist is much more than just hitting the right note. It involves comprehensive music theory, having an ear for rhythm, and the passion for music that simply can't be taught.
 
The piano is one of the most powerful instruments in the music world. Classical composers like Bach and Beethoven used the piano to build the parts for all of the other instruments in their symphonies and other works. Who are the greatest classical pianists of all time?
 
This list features the all time greatest classical pianists, ranked by the community's votes and including Aaron Copland, Jacques Abram, Johann Sebastian Bach, Lang Lang, and George Frideric Handel. Vote up the best classical pianists below or add one you think is the greatest who isn't already on the list.
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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

The Best Classical Pianists in the World The Rappers with the Dirtiest Rhymes

2
567 100
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Guest added Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

3
349 105
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
sander-dahlberg added Arcadi Volodos Classical music

4
345 188
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Mikhail Pletnev Classical Music

5
291 186
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Classical music

6
427 295
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

7
363 245
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

8
192 111
Ervin Nyiregyházi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
iub92564 added Ervin Nyiregyházi

9
80 25
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Vladimir Sofronitsky Classical music

10
12 0
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Guest_1a6adad7-3fc2-4677-aebd-0d90f743d0c9 added Józef Hofmann

11
144 89
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Claudio Arrau Classical music

12
117 66
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
stubb added Dinu Lipatti Classical music

13
313 239
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Martha Argerich Classical music

14
354 275
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Glenn Gould Classical music

15
141 94
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Grigory Sokolov

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191 140
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
sander-dahlberg added Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

17
118 76
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Emil Gilels Classical music

18
248 198
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Evgeny Kissin Classical Music

19
90 60
Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Georges Cziffra Classical music

20
84 55
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added András Schiff Classical music

21
105 77
Wilhelm Kempff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added Wilhelm Kempff Opera, Classical music

22
151 125
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Vladimir Ashkenazy Classical music

23
104 79
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added Maurizio Pollini

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186 162
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Marc-André Hamelin Classical Music

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154 131
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
stubb added Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

26
142 122
Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Daniel Barenboim Classical music

27
126 107
Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Alfred Brendel Classical music

28
198 182
Yuja Wang is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
alfeyerabend added Yuja Wang

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153 137
Mitsuko Uchida is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Mitsuko Uchida Classical music

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297 293
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Frédéric Chopin Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

31
38 19
Clara Schumann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Clara Schumann Romantic music, Classical music

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34 17
Jorge Bolet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Jorge Bolet Classical music

33
24 7
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Anton Rubinstein Opera, Chamber music

34
41 26
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Radu Lupu Classical music

35
50 38
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added Alfred Cortot Classical music

36
206 216
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Ludwig van Beethoven Opera, Classical music

37
56 46
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Murray Perahia Classical music

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23 9
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added William Kapell

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38 28
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Artur Schnabel Classical music

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28 17
Daniil Trifonov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Daniil Trifonov

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22 12
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Walter Gieseking Classical music

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45 40
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

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34 27
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Alicia de Larrocha Classical music

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149 166
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

45
148 165
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Johann Sebastian Bach Classical music

46
23 14
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Alexander Scriabin Classical music

47
29 22
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

48
166 191
Marina Yakhlakova is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Tempest added Marina Yakhlakova

49
16 8
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Ignaz Friedman

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16 8
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Leopold Godowsky Classical music