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The Greatest Pianists Ever 

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Updated February 27, 2020 163k votes 10.4k voters 158.6k views 176 items
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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Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Genre: Opera, Art song & Chamber music; Nationality: United States of America
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Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: United States of America
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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Art Tatum Genre: Stride and Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Russia
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Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Germany
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Arturo Benedetti Michela... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Italy
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Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Genre: Third stream, Hard bop & Jazz; Nationality: Canada
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Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Russia
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Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: United States of America
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Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Germany
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Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Austria
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Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Genre: Opera and Chamber music; Nationality: Russia
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Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: France
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Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Frédéric C... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Genre: Romantic music, Art song & Classical music; Nationality: Poland
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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Genre: Opera, Romantic music & Art song; Nationality: Austrian Empire
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Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: France