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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1,350 633
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

2
1,610 1,431
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

3
1,705 723
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

4
1,604 1,369
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

5
919 202
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
burgarman added

6
1,178 175
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Stride, Jazz

7
903 200
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

8
937 232
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

9
809 255
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

10
694 471
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Amicus73 added Classical music

11
688 500
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

12
584 353
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

13
801 388
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

14
667 525
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

15
666 301
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
_1444399545008 added Classical music

16
507 797
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

17
758 245
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
John Jozwiak added Classical music

18
429 640
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

19
566 262
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

20
667 373
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music

21
833 1,132
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Ballet, Art song

22
592 262
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Lycoris Bern added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

23
583 319
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

24
262 96
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
markuka85 added Classical music

25
413 206
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

26
568 372
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

27
764 377
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

28
529 253
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Mark Norgate added Classical music

29
475 358
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

30
406 253
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
ScottMMarosek added Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music

31
609 1,053
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

32
804 1,030
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Piano, Classical music

33
263 112
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

34
336 161
Géza Anda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

35
244 106
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

36
347 202
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

37
260 126
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

38
885 1,085
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
www_hctdavid added Opera, Classical music

39
478 299
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

40
252 61
Bud Powell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Jazz, Bebop

41
272 168
Alicia de Larrocha is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

42
270 76
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Clifton added

43
253 119
Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

44
318 116
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

45
731 685
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

46
306 219
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

47
662 473
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

48
264 172
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever
Classical music

49
164 83
Christoph Eschenbach is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever

50
584 473
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists Ever