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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1,320 613
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

2
1,571 1,393
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Frédéric Chopin Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

3
1,656 717
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

4
1,561 1,335
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
892 193
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added Józef Hofmann

6
1,136 170
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

7
876 192
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
901 222
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
778 250
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arcadi Volodos Classical music

10
677 458
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Alexander Scriabin Classical music

11
785 374
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

12
568 338
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Artur Schnabel Classical music

13
662 495
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

14
650 503
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Glenn Gould Classical music

15
501 771
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Claudio Arrau Classical music

16
642 298
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Moriz Rosenthal Classical music

17
733 242
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Zoltán Kocsis Classical music

18
424 636
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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568 309
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alfred Cortot Classical music

20
646 364
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Anton Rubinstein Opera, Chamber music

21
553 361
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Walter Gieseking Classical music

22
569 254
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

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545 256
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

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812 1,104
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

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748 368
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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393 241
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Ferruccio Busoni Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music

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393 198
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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509 244
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Ivo Pogorelić Classical music

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600 1,029
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

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455 351
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Dinu Lipatti Classical music

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239 94
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

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796 1,007
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

33
469 283
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

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313 159
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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239 111
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Robert Casadesus Classical music

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860 1,062
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Ludwig van Beethoven Opera, Classical music

37
224 101
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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325 198
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Radu Lupu Classical music

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239 123
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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312 96
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Sofronitsky Classical music

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242 103
Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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258 155
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alicia de Larrocha Classical music

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255 66
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Clifton added Samson François

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256 154
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
András Schiff Classical music

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200 104
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Earl Wild Classical music

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227 103
Nikolai Medtner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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293 205
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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226 111
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Edwin Fischer Classical music

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494 522
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Emil Gilels Classical music

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566 456
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever