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

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1,424 539
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

3
1,245 1,211
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

4
1,160 1,249
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Frédéric Chopin Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

5
977 71
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

6
784 115
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added Józef Hofmann

7
777 115
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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776 127
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
691 184
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arcadi Volodos Classical music

10
564 405
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Alexander Scriabin Classical music

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721 302
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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584 446
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

13
499 263
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Artur Schnabel Classical music

14
430 696
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Claudio Arrau Classical music

15
358 598
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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494 196
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

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505 276
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Walter Gieseking Classical music

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565 251
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Moriz Rosenthal Classical music

19
657 186
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Zoltán Kocsis Classical music

20
556 308
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Anton Rubinstein Opera, Chamber music

21
676 314
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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491 264
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alfred Cortot Classical music

23
475 205
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

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344 127
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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428 208
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Ivo Pogorelić Classical music

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318 218
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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419 245
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

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490 934
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

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687 941
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

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625 1,002
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

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695 981
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Ludwig van Beethoven Opera, Classical music

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374 303
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Dinu Lipatti Classical music

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484 447
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Glenn Gould Classical music

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254 119
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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571 418
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

36
245 70
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Sofronitsky Classical music

37
261 155
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Radu Lupu Classical music

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191 88
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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296 224
Sigismond Thalberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sigismond Thalberg Classical music

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176 76
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

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177 74
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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446 473
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Emil Gilels Classical music

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188 92
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Robert Casadesus Classical music

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287 235
Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Georges Cziffra Classical music

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184 93
Nikolai Medtner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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220 181
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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205 55
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Clifton added Samson François

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202 117
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
András Schiff Classical music

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209 128
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alicia de Larrocha Classical music

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196 204
Jorge Bolet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Jorge Bolet Classical music