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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1,260 559
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

2
1,474 1,322
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Frédéric Chopin Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

3
1,564 686
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

4
1,491 1,276
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
852 161
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added Józef Hofmann

6
1,068 146
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

7
822 174
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
846 190
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
719 237
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arcadi Volodos Classical music

10
633 434
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Alexander Scriabin Classical music

11
538 300
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Artur Schnabel Classical music

12
747 348
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

13
597 466
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Glenn Gould Classical music

14
608 487
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

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15
539 315
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Walter Gieseking Classical music

16
483 736
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Claudio Arrau Classical music

17
364 166
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

18
685 230
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Zoltán Kocsis Classical music

19
529 291
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alfred Cortot Classical music

20
765 1,047
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

21
577 975
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

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508 240
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

23
426 319
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
399 627
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

26
703 355
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

27
519 239
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

28
595 350
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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766 962
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

30
455 240
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Ivo Pogorelić Classical music

31
344 236
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
438 264
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

33
828 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
191 83
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
290 174
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Radu Lupu Classical music

37
275 145
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

38
195 94
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Murray Perahia Classical music

39
483 476
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Emil Gilels Classical music

40
276 82
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Vladimir Sofronitsky Classical music

41
227 127
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
András Schiff Classical music

42
559 612
Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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184 89
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

44
199 109
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

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194 105
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Robert Casadesus Classical music

46
527 419
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

47
172 74
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Sergei Prokofiev Opera, Ballet, Ballet

48
219 141
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Alicia de Larrocha Classical music

49
258 185
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

50
166 90
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Earl Wild Classical music