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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1,661 1,452
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

2
1,369 645
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
1,728 746
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

4
1,644 1,386
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
921 213
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added

6
1,194 195
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Stride, Jazz

7
913 220
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
946 255
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
818 258
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

10
698 481
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Classical music

11
696 503
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

12
589 360
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

13
806 394
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

14
681 534
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

15
674 304
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Classical music

16
769 247
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Classical music

17
510 807
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

18
434 643
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

19
572 267
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

20
848 1,145
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Ballet, Art song

21
675 380
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music

22
420 210
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

23
598 268
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

24
588 325
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

25
574 378
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

26
414 256
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music

27
770 382
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

28
266 103
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Classical music

29
482 364
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

30
532 261
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Classical music

31
615 1,063
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

32
271 114
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

33
812 1,039
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Piano, Classical music

34
345 163
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

35
269 128
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

36
902 1,095
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Classical music

37
352 207
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

38
246 114
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

39
480 308
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

40
261 63
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Jazz, Bebop

41
275 80
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Clifton added

42
258 123
Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

43
275 175
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

44
325 119
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

45
670 475
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

46
313 224
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

47
272 178
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

48
738 694
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

49
594 478
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

50
373 279
Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music