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
1,582 736
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Art song, Chamber music
2
1,962 860
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
3
1,910 1,750
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music
4
1,862 1,663
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Romantic music, Art song
5
1,490 262
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Stride, Jazz
6
1,076 284
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added
7
1,072 286
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
8
1,180 337
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz
9
621 691
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
10
1,031 325
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
11
880 565
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
12
862 572
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Classical music
13
718 448
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
14
955 476
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
15
568 260
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
16
1,100 1,406
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Ballet, Art song
17
991 292
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Classical music
18
866 375
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Classical music
19
417 162
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Classical music
20
714 428
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
21
768 388
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
22
572 978
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
23
954 419
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
24
502 221
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
25
805 705
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music