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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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418 129
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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476 134
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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127 147
Ekaterina Mechetina is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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162 156
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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137 65
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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296 283
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Martha Argerich Classical music

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348 215
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Grigory Sokolov Classical music

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132 201
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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403 189
Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Zoltán Kocsis Classical music

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403 253
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Michail Pletnev Classical music

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360 224
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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152 35
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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122 60
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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84 139
Emil Gilels 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
Evgeny Kissin Classical music

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265 228
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Radu Lupu Classical music

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Yefim Bronfman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Yefim Bronfman Classical music

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Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

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115 53
Nelson Freire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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211 142
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
András Schiff Classical music

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123 69
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Ivan Moravec is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Ivan Moravec Classical music

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137 110
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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113 130
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Murray Perahia Classical music

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74 66
Wilhelm Kempff is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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72 63
Stephen Kovacevich is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Stephen Kovacevich Classical music

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125 156
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Maurizio Pollini Classical music

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94 141
Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Alfred Brendel Classical music

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Yuja Wang is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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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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66 29
Cyprien Katsaris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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138 183
Mitsuko Uchida is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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57 99
Maria-João Pires is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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32 86
Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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97 138
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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Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Daniel Barenboim Classical music

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107 107
Daniil Trifonov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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47 32
Richard Goode is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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92 68
Андрей Владимирович Гаврилов is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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83 64
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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57 36
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
André Previn Classical music

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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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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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48 32
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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66 25
Robert Levin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Robert Levin Classical music

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63 23
Arnaldo Cohen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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

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Philippe Entremont is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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