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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Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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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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Ekaterina Mechetina is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Grigory Sokolov Classical music

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William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Zoltán Kocsis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Zoltán Kocsis Classical music

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Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Michail Pletnev Classical music

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Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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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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Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Martha Argerich Classical music

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Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Radu Lupu Classical music

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Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Evgeny Kissin Classical music

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Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

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Yefim Bronfman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Yefim Bronfman Classical music

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Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
András Schiff Classical music

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

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Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Alfred Brendel Classical music

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Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Maurizio Pollini Classical music

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Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Vladimir Ashkenazy Classical music

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Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Murray Perahia Classical music

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Wilhelm Kempff is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Stephen Kovacevich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
Stephen Kovacevich Classical music

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

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

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

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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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Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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Андрей Владимирович Гаврилов 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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Richard Goode is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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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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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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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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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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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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Arnaldo Cohen 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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Garrick Ohlsson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Pianists in the World
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