VOTE The Greatest Pianists Ever  

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Is there any sound more beautiful than a piano composition? Almost every piece from composers in early classical music featured this powerful instrument to strike the perfect chords. The piano is extremely versatile, and unlike the guitar, cello, or violin, the strings on the piano are located inside and played with the keys. Many musicians have some knowledge of the piano, even if it isn't their primary instrument. But who are the greatest pianists of all time? Classical and Baroque periods of music history definitely increased the popularity of the piano and almost every genre of music in today’s culture also uses it! It’s no wonder that mastering the art of playing the piano is such a desirable goal. It is also an instrument that once learned, makes it easier to learn other instruments and is popular among young music students. This list features the all time greatest piano players, includin, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Vote up the best pianists below, and see where the musicians you think are the greatest of all time rank!

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1,325 618
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

2
1,579 1,394
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Frédéric Chopin Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

3
1,660 719
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

4
1,569 1,338
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
893 195
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added Józef Hofmann

6
1,140 171
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

7
877 194
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
905 223
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
779 252
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arcadi Volodos Classical music

10
679 459
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Alexander Scriabin Classical music

11
569 339
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Artur Schnabel Classical music

12
786 376
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

13
663 496
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

14
651 505
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Glenn Gould Classical music

15
501 773
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Claudio Arrau Classical music

16
643 299
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Moriz Rosenthal Classical music

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734 243
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Zoltán Kocsis Classical music

18
424 637
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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568 311
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alfred Cortot Classical music

20
647 365
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Anton Rubinstein Opera, Chamber music

21
818 1,106
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

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554 362
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Walter Gieseking Classical music

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572 255
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

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547 257
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

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749 369
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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394 242
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Ferruccio Busoni Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music

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394 199
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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510 245
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Ivo Pogorelić Classical music

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603 1,031
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

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456 352
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Dinu Lipatti Classical music

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241 95
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

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797 1,008
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

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472 283
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

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240 112
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Robert Casadesus Classical music

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313 161
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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867 1,063
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Ludwig van Beethoven Opera, Classical music

37
326 199
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Radu Lupu Classical music

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224 103
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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240 124
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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313 98
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Sofronitsky Classical music

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243 104
Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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256 67
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Clifton added Samson François

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258 157
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alicia de Larrocha Classical music

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256 156
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
András Schiff Classical music

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200 106
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Earl Wild Classical music

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228 104
Nikolai Medtner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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228 111
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Edwin Fischer Classical music

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294 207
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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494 524
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Emil Gilels Classical music

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568 458
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever