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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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Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music
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Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Wilhelm Kempff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Classical music
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Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Samson François is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Clifton added
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Ballet, Art song
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Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Piano, Classical music
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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Classical music
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Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Yves Nat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added