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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1,208 521
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

2
1,396 1,304
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Frédéric Chopin Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

3
1,528 660
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

4
1,433 1,263
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
843 144
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added Józef Hofmann

6
1,050 122
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

7
814 157
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
829 170
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
716 222
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arcadi Volodos Classical music

10
623 421
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Alexander Scriabin Classical music

11
532 293
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Artur Schnabel Classical music

12
744 335
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

13
605 475
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

14
535 307
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Walter Gieseking Classical music

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15
579 457
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Glenn Gould Classical music

16
466 727
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Claudio Arrau Classical music

17
361 160
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

18
681 215
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Zoltán Kocsis Classical music

19
503 229
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

20
592 281
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Moriz Rosenthal Classical music

21
524 286
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alfred Cortot Classical music

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22
518 226
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

23
421 313
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Dinu Lipatti Classical music

24
698 342
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

25
556 966
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

26
391 623
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

27
726 1,039
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

28
589 344
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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29
746 954
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

30
448 230
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Ivo Pogorelić Classical music

31
341 230
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
434 256
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

33
216 73
Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

34
789 1,012
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Ludwig van Beethoven Opera, Classical music

35
184 79
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

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36
284 169
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Radu Lupu Classical music

37
268 139
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

38
187 89
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Murray Perahia Classical music

39
547 596
Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

40
219 122
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
András Schiff Classical music

41
198 101
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

42
180 82
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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467 476
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Emil Gilels Classical music

44
191 97
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Robert Casadesus Classical music

45
271 82
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Sofronitsky Classical music

46
218 133
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alicia de Larrocha Classical music

47
513 412
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

48
164 84
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Earl Wild Classical music

49
596 439
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

50
162 70
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sergei Prokofiev Opera, Ballet, Ballet