Classical The Best Classical Pianists in the World  

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The piano is one of the most popular and most diverse musical instruments in the world. The instrument has permeated through dozens of genres of music, lending itself to help create some of the most moving and emotional pieces of music in history. The people on this list are masters of the piano and are considered giants in the musical world.  

Whether you recognize these musicians or not, they've all carved a place out for themselves in the classical music world and have become influential and prominent figures in the industry. If you love geeking out on music, we definitely recommend finding some of their music. 

This list is votable and rerankable, so take a look through and vote up your favorite famous classical pianists in the world. If you don't see someone on here who should be, feel free to add them, but this list is for living musicians only.

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Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Ekaterina Mechetina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Yefim Bronfman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Nelson Freire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Wilhelm Kempff is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Андрей Владимирович Гаврилов is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Cyprien Katsaris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Stephen Kovacevich is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Yuja Wang is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Mitsuko Uchida is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Maria-João Pires is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Hélène Grimaud is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Daniil Trifonov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Leif Ove Andsnes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Richard Goode is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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André Previn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Leon Fleisher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Stephen Hough is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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André Watts is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Peter Serkin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Lang Lang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Robert Levin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Arnaldo Cohen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World