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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1,142 495
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

2
1,486 605
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

3
1,292 1,284
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Frédéric Chopin Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

4
1,341 1,249
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
1,027 95
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

6
826 129
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added Józef Hofmann

7
807 134
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
812 149
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
711 206
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arcadi Volodos Classical music

10
607 414
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Alexander Scriabin Classical music

11
526 285
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Artur Schnabel Classical music

12
740 326
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

13
601 465
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

14
530 298
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Walter Gieseking Classical music

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453 721
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Claudio Arrau Classical music

16
361 149
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

17
549 448
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Glenn Gould Classical music

18
677 204
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Zoltán Kocsis Classical music

19
383 616
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

20
500 222
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

21
588 272
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Moriz Rosenthal Classical music

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530 955
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

23
515 218
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

24
413 306
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Dinu Lipatti Classical music

25
515 279
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alfred Cortot Classical music

26
692 335
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

27
580 335
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Anton Rubinstein Opera, Chamber music

28
722 951
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

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446 225
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Ivo Pogorelić Classical music

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337 225
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Ferruccio Busoni Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music

31
428 252
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

32
213 68
Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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686 1,030
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

34
281 167
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Radu Lupu Classical music

35
266 137
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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745 1,007
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
180 78
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

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180 77
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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182 86
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Murray Perahia Classical music

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198 98
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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458 475
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Emil Gilels Classical music

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190 95
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Robert Casadesus Classical music

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210 119
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
András Schiff Classical music

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216 130
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alicia de Larrocha Classical music

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264 80
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Sofronitsky Classical music

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162 82
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Earl Wild Classical music

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497 409
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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588 437
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

49
262 405
Wilhelm Kempff is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Wilhelm Kempff Opera, Classical music

50
190 93
Nikolai Medtner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever