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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1,741 1,488
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

2
1,436 668
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
1,787 779
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

4
1,704 1,417
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
1,232 217
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Stride, Jazz

6
936 237
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added

7
931 238
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
970 277
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
838 277
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

10
706 510
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Classical music

11
718 517
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

12
602 382
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

13
815 418
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

14
527 826
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

15
445 653
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

16
708 562
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

17
548 281
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Classical music

18
694 316
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Classical music

19
838 1,063
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Piano, Classical music

20
792 262
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Classical music

21
699 387
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music

22
887 1,171
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Ballet, Art song

23
590 278
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

24
610 336
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

25
288 113
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Classical music

26
437 223
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

27
784 395
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

28
586 394
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

29
285 94
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Clifton added

30
424 270
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music

31
605 286
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

32
493 378
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

33
289 121
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

34
633 1,087
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

35
364 169
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

36
287 134
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

37
375 214
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

38
943 1,115
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Classical music

39
774 714
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

40
262 124
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

41
685 491
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

42
615 496
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

43
278 70
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Jazz, Bebop

44
486 329
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

45
585 720
Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

46
340 128
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

47
287 191
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

48
329 235
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

49
185 130
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
俞汉青 added

50
288 190
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music