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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1,284 586
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

2
1,518 1,340
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Frédéric Chopin Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

3
1,587 703
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

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1,523 1,288
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
860 175
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added Józef Hofmann

6
1,082 159
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

7
831 183
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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860 202
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
732 242
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arcadi Volodos Classical music

10
643 440
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Alexander Scriabin Classical music

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542 311
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Artur Schnabel Classical music

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757 351
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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609 478
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Glenn Gould Classical music

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616 489
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

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541 326
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Walter Gieseking Classical music

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489 747
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Claudio Arrau Classical music

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374 170
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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788 1,058
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

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693 234
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Zoltán Kocsis Classical music

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516 241
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

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534 295
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alfred Cortot Classical music

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602 292
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Moriz Rosenthal Classical music

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588 984
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

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406 629
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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529 241
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

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708 360
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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429 327
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Dinu Lipatti Classical music

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774 969
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

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598 358
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Anton Rubinstein Opera, Chamber music

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465 240
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Ivo Pogorelić Classical music

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352 236
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Ferruccio Busoni Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music

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441 269
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

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843 1,019
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Ludwig van Beethoven Opera, Classical music

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299 174
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Radu Lupu Classical music

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198 86
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

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281 146
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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236 127
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
András Schiff Classical music

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218 85
Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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282 83
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Sofronitsky Classical music

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198 100
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Murray Perahia Classical music

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191 90
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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486 482
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Emil Gilels Classical music

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202 105
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Robert Casadesus Classical music

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203 112
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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562 623
Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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228 142
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alicia de Larrocha Classical music

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537 428
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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266 185
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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610 449
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

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175 81
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sergei Prokofiev Opera, Ballet, Ballet