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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1,537 718
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

2
1,908 834
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

3
1,848 1,614
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

4
1,807 1,527
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
1,353 246
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Stride, Jazz

6
988 264
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added

7
987 266
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
1,045 326
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
901 310
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

10
500 677
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

11
745 550
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Classical music

12
756 550
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

13
1,044 1,272
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Ballet, Art song

14
854 454
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

15
772 333
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Classical music

16
630 423
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

17
877 273
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Classical music

18
768 627
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

19
679 350
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

20
543 904
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

21
489 237
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

22
343 137
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Classical music

23
646 408
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

24
863 413
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

25
942 736
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music