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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1,516 701
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

2
1,819 1,567
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

3
1,876 815
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

4
1,775 1,487
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
1,305 239
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Stride, Jazz

6
973 254
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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7
971 254
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
1,022 308
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
880 298
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

10
745 536
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

11
731 535
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Classical music

12
463 668
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

13
622 407
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

14
841 441
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

15
754 323
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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16
753 603
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

17
855 266
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Classical music

18
537 887
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

19
662 345
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

20
477 232
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

21
635 400
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

22
331 130
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Classical music

23
864 1,125
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Piano, Classical music

24
633 295
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

25
927 1,233
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Ballet, Art song