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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1,850 1,630
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

2
1,537 721
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
1,919 836
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

4
1,809 1,543
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
1,368 247
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Stride, Jazz

6
1,001 267
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added

7
1,000 268
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
1,061 326
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
919 311
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

10
508 678
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

11
761 551
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Classical music

12
772 551
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

13
1,046 1,285
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Ballet, Art song

14
868 456
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

15
786 334
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Classical music

16
636 427
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

17
689 351
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

18
544 917
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

19
771 636
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

20
888 276
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Classical music

21
497 237
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

22
351 137
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Classical music

23
653 408
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

24
873 413
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

25
946 742
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music