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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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420 133
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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476 176
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Arcadi Volodos Classical music

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131 185
Ekaterina Mechetina is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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390 219
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Grigory Sokolov Classical music

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170 160
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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93 141
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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124 62
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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272 230
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Evgeny Kissin Classical music

10
139 76
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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302 306
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Martha Argerich Classical music

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363 238
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Ivo Pogorelić Classical music

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403 203
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Zoltán Kocsis Classical music

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405 269
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Michail Pletnev Classical music

The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time

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267 230
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Radu Lupu Classical music

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153 40
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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135 219
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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401 285
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

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182 103
Yefim Bronfman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Yefim Bronfman Classical music

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213 145
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
András Schiff Classical music

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115 57
Nelson Freire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

The Best Opera Songs

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127 71
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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115 132
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Murray Perahia Classical music

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139 113
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Vladimir Ashkenazy Classical music

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78 30
Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Ivan Moravec Classical music

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77 68
Wilhelm Kempff is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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262 327
Yuja Wang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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97 143
Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Alfred Brendel Classical music

The Most Famous Classical Guitarists

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127 158
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Maurizio Pollini Classical music

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72 66
Stephen Kovacevich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Stephen Kovacevich Classical music

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133 115
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Marc-André Hamelin Classical music

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67 31
Cyprien Katsaris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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139 186
Mitsuko Uchida is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Mitsuko Uchida Classical music

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59 101
Maria-João Pires is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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148 174
Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Daniel Barenboim Classical music

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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99 141
Hélène Grimaud is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Hélène Grimaud Classical music

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32 89
Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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109 109
Daniil Trifonov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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49 34
Richard Goode is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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92 72
Андрей Владимирович Гаврилов is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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84 67
Leif Ove Andsnes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Leif Ove Andsnes Classical music

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58 39
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
André Previn Classical music

The Best Saxophonists in the World

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40 36
Leon Fleisher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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André Watts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
André Watts Classical music

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49 35
Peter Serkin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Peter Serkin Classical music

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63 58
Stephen Hough is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Stephen Hough Classical music

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66 28
Robert Levin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Robert Levin Classical music

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63 26
Arnaldo Cohen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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48 14
Tamás Vásáry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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38 30
Garrick Ohlsson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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