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
1,603 758
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Art song, Chamber music
2
1,977 895
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
3
1,949 1,820
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music
4
1,931 1,724
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Romantic music, Art song
5
1,555 275
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Stride, Jazz
6
1,131 295
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added
7
1,127 298
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
8
683 700
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
9
1,241 348
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz
10
1,090 333
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
11
900 600
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Classical music
12
897 599
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
13
1,000 493
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
14
756 470
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
15
815 405
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
16
1,054 317
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Classical music
17
910 396
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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18
1,000 437
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
19
458 186
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Classical music
20
606 285
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
21
752 448
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
22
610 1,000
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
23
571 390
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music
24
866 712
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
25
1,131 1,465
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Ballet, Art song