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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1,283 583
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

2
1,516 1,331
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Frédéric Chopin Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

3
1,579 702
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

4
1,522 1,279
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
857 169
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added Józef Hofmann

6
1,073 158
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

7
823 182
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
852 201
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
723 242
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arcadi Volodos Classical music

10
637 438
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Alexander Scriabin Classical music

11
541 304
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Artur Schnabel Classical music

12
749 351
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

13
607 470
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Glenn Gould Classical music

14
608 489
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

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15
540 320
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Walter Gieseking Classical music

16
488 740
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Claudio Arrau Classical music

17
366 170
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

18
785 1,050
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

19
588 977
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

20
685 234
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Zoltán Kocsis Classical music

21
529 292
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alfred Cortot Classical music

The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

22
508 241
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

23
428 320
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Dinu Lipatti Classical music

24
594 292
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Moriz Rosenthal Classical music

25
705 355
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

26
401 627
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

27
521 241
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

28
596 351
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Anton Rubinstein Opera, Chamber music

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774 962
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

30
458 240
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Ivo Pogorelić Classical music

31
345 236
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Ferruccio Busoni Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music

32
439 265
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

33
841 1,012
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Ludwig van Beethoven Opera, Classical music

34
192 84
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

35
218 79
Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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36
292 174
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Radu Lupu Classical music

37
275 146
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

38
198 94
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Murray Perahia Classical music

39
230 127
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
András Schiff Classical music

40
486 476
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Emil Gilels Classical music

41
276 83
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Sofronitsky Classical music

42
561 616
Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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184 90
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

44
200 109
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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195 105
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Robert Casadesus Classical music

46
535 424
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

47
175 74
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sergei Prokofiev Opera, Ballet, Ballet

48
222 141
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alicia de Larrocha Classical music

49
133 61
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
俞汉青 added Maurizio Pollini

50
609 444
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Krystian Zimerman Classical music