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
1,405 650
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

2
1,690 1,479
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

3
1,762 755
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

4
1,667 1,412
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
1,223 202
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Stride, Jazz

6
930 225
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added

7
928 227
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
963 263
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
836 265
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

10
701 500
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Classical music

11
713 508
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

12
598 372
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

13
811 410
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

14
692 555
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

15
691 310
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Classical music

16
788 254
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Classical music

17
515 819
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

18
436 647
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

19
689 384
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music

20
865 1,167
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Ballet, Art song

21
585 272
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

22
282 107
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Classical music

23
433 217
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

24
603 332
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

25
583 388
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

26
422 265
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music

27
780 391
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

28
489 373
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

29
603 280
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

30
545 269
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Classical music

31
286 117
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

32
620 1,081
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

33
360 165
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

34
824 1,056
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Piano, Classical music

35
284 130
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

36
370 209
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

37
923 1,111
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Classical music

38
258 120
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

39
276 66
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Jazz, Bebop

40
484 324
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

41
336 124
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

42
283 88
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Clifton added

43
282 186
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

44
264 133
Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

45
756 707
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

46
282 186
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

47
321 232
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

48
676 486
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

49
604 491
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

50
252 133
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music