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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 music business and have become influential and prominent figures in the industry. They are some of the most famous male pianists ever, and there are many talented famous female piano players as well. 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 modern pianist 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 contemporary musicians only.
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Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Martha Argerich Argentina

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1,051 214
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Vladimir Horowitz United States of America

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1,773 1,203
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Evgeny Kissin Russia

4
917 122
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Sergei Rachmaninoff United States of America, Russia

5
544 244
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Massimo Fornetti added Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Italy

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679 878
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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1,203 951
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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1,261 1,228
Yuja Wang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
MatthewMcCormick added Yuja Wang China

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773 848
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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848 259
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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911 512
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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707 442
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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470 452
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Glenn Gould Canada

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1,022 1,208
Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
AntoninScheidemann added Valentina Lisitsa

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827 934
Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Daniel Barenboim Palestinian National Authority, Argentina, Spain

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589 445
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Claudio Arrau Chile, United States of America

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658 527
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
András Schiff Hungary, United Kingdom

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464 456
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Massimo Fornetti added Sviatoslav Richter Soviet Union

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691 185
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Franz Liszt Austrian Empire, Austria-Hungary, Kingdom of Hungary

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441 520
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Arthur Rubinstein Poland, United States of America

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753 191
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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684 583
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Murray Perahia United States of America

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498 566
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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402 702
Maria-João Pires is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
JoséDuarte added Maria-João Pires Portugal

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338 156
Ekaterina Mechetina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
ИльяИванов added Ekaterina Mechetina Russia 

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667 985
Li Yundi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Li Yundi China

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462 70
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
markuka85 added Artur Schnabel Austria

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382 252
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Дмитрий Гаранин added Emil Gilels Russia

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457 643
Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Alfred Brendel Austria

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275 371
Olga Kern is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
New Mexico added Olga Kern

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490 245
Nelson Freire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
AGuzzoni added Nelson Freire Brazil

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571 722
Danill Trifonov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Christine Daffe added Danill Trifonov

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1,303 1,343
Lang Lang is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Lang Lang China

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706 227
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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569 233
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
gf1121 added Denis Matsuev Russia

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267 48
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Vera Mancheva added Vladimir Sofronitsky

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361 61
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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341 41
Heinrich Neuhaus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Konstantin Arama added Heinrich Neuhaus

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298 602
Nikolai Lugansky is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
bo-franzen added Nikolai Lugansky Russia

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337 188
Cyprien Katsaris is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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329 323
Seong-jin Cho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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643 743
Mitsuko Uchida is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Mitsuko Uchida United Kingdom, Japan

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305 197
Leon Fleisher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Leon Fleisher United States of America

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351 468
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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420 172
Wilhelm Kempff is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Wilhelm Kempff Germany

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345 208
André Watts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
André Watts United States of America

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331 324
Stephen Hough is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Stephen Hough United Kingdom

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1,082 735
Fazıl Say is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
CankutYakut added Fazıl Say Turkey

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327 134
André Previn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
André Previn United States of America, Germany

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208 203
Clara Schumann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Clara Schumann Germany