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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1,766 758
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

2
1,409 653
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
1,695 1,481
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

4
1,673 1,412
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
1,225 203
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Stride, Jazz

6
930 226
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added

7
928 228
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
963 264
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
836 267
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

10
701 502
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Classical music

11
714 510
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

12
598 374
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

13
811 412
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

14
437 648
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

15
516 820
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

16
545 270
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Classical music

17
693 557
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

18
691 312
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Classical music

19
825 1,058
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Piano, Classical music

20
789 256
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Classical music

21
690 384
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music

22
586 273
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

23
283 108
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Classical music

24
604 332
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

25
433 218
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

26
867 1,167
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Ballet, Art song

27
283 88
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Clifton added

28
583 388
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

29
781 391
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

30
423 265
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music

31
603 280
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

32
286 117
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

33
489 373
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

34
360 165
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

35
621 1,082
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

36
284 130
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

37
370 209
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

38
924 1,111
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Classical music

39
258 120
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

40
757 708
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

41
678 486
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

42
606 491
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

43
276 66
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Jazz, Bebop

44
484 324
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

45
579 714
Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

46
336 124
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

47
282 186
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

48
264 133
Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

49
181 126
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
俞汉青 added

50
283 186
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music