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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1,538 718
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

2
1,914 831
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

3
1,847 1,609
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

4
1,805 1,522
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
1,348 246
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Stride, Jazz

6
986 264
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added

7
985 265
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
1,039 325
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
897 309
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

10
755 548
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

11
738 550
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Classical music

12
495 677
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

13
1,043 1,266
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Ballet, Art song

14
850 454
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

15
766 333
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Classical music

16
627 423
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

17
875 272
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Classical music

18
768 622
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

19
674 350
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

20
543 899
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

21
486 237
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

22
341 137
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Classical music

23
645 407
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

24
749 415
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music

25
863 413
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever