Classical The Best 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 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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2,438 1,779
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Martha Argerich Argentina

2
1,528 375
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Vladimir Horowitz United States of America, Russian Empire

3
2,182 1,491
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Evgeny Kissin Russia

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1,324 225
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Sergei Rachmaninoff United States of America, Russia

5
1,704 1,569
Yuja Wang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
MatthewMcCormick added Yuja Wang China

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1,441 1,184
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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843 1,108
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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731 561
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Glenn Gould Canada

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738 351
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Massimo Fornetti added Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Italy

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1,008 404
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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888 1,054
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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1,108 640
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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1,303 1,463
Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
AntoninScheidemann added Valentina Lisitsa

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955 1,135
Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Daniel Barenboim Argentina, Spain, State of Palestine

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838 616
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
András Schiff Hungary, United Kingdom

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810 575
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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781 495
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Claudio Arrau Chile, United States of America

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623 602
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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362 322
Ekaterina Mechetina is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
ИльяИванов added Ekaterina Mechetina Russia 

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836 669
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Murray Perahia United States of America

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592 639
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Arthur Rubinstein Poland, United States of America

The Best Saxophonists in the World

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883 312
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Franz Liszt Hungary

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902 239
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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522 771
Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Alfred Brendel Austria

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482 821
Maria-João Pires is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
JoséDuarte added Maria-João Pires Portugal

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578 683
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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841 273
Ivo Pogorelić is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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754 1,146
Li Yundi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Li Yundi China

The Greatest Harpists of All Time

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460 337
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Дмитрий Гаранин added Emil Gilels Russia

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725 826
Danill Trifonov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Christine Daffe added Danill Trifonov

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571 107
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
markuka85 added Artur Schnabel Austria

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356 83
Vladimir Sofronitsky is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Vera Mancheva added Vladimir Sofronitsky

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586 284
Nelson Freire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
AGuzzoni added Nelson Freire Brazil

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534 546
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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349 445
Olga Kern is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
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746 848
Mitsuko Uchida is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Mitsuko Uchida United Kingdom, Japan

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1,596 1,531
Lang Lang is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Lang Lang China

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464 99
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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1,432 826
Fazıl Say is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
CankutYakut added Fazıl Say Turkey

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663 291
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
gf1121 added Denis Matsuev Russia

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404 75
Heinrich Neuhaus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Konstantin Arama added Heinrich Neuhaus

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383 230
Leon Fleisher is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Leon Fleisher United States of America

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421 375
Seong-jin Cho is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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392 245
Cyprien Katsaris is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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338 695
Nikolai Lugansky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
bo-franzen added Nikolai Lugansky Russia

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184 256
Elisso Virsaladze is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
χαράλαμπος-αθανασόπουλος added Elisso Virsaladze

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430 690
Hélène Grimaud is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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421 249
André Watts is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
André Watts United States of America

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473 244
Wilhelm Kempff is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Wilhelm Kempff Germany

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393 381
Stephen Hough is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Stephen Hough United Kingdom