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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1,784 1,532
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

2
1,481 688
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
1,834 801
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

4
1,739 1,458
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
1,271 228
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Stride, Jazz

6
955 246
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added

7
953 248
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
1,000 290
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
861 288
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

10
733 526
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

11
717 524
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Classical music

12
828 429
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

13
612 396
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

14
451 660
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

15
731 576
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

16
724 320
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Classical music

17
527 858
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

18
828 265
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Classical music

19
465 226
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

20
851 1,099
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Piano, Classical music

21
640 342
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

22
312 122
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Classical music

23
613 397
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

24
712 400
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music

25
555 309
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Classical music