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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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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Art song, Chamber music
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Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music
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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Romantic music, Art song
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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Stride, Jazz
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Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added
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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz
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Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Classical music
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Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
15
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Classical music
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Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
18
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Classical music
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Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
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Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Classical music
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Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music
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Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music
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Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music
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Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Jazz, Bebop