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The Greatest Pianists Ever 

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Updated February 27, 2020 169.4k votes 10.7k voters 159.8k views 176 items
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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Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Arturo Benedetti Michela... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever