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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.

1
2,752 2,161
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Argentina

2
1,936 486
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
United States of America, Russian Empire

3
2,430 1,810
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Russia

4
1,023 675
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Canada

5
1,920 1,907
Yuja Wang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
MatthewMcCormick added China

6
938 1,369
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

7
1,612 1,403
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

8
1,704 301
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

9
938 431
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Massimo Fornetti added Italy

10
978 1,274
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

11
1,230 475
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

12
1,450 1,760
Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
AntoninScheidemann added

13
1,053 1,386
Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Palestinian National Authority, Argentina, Spain

14
1,282 793
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

15
932 624
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Chile, United States of America

16
926 811
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
People's Republic of Hungary, United Kingdom

17
894 749
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

18
757 810
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Massimo Fornetti added Soviet Union

19
738 845
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Poland, United States of America

20
912 883
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
United States of America

21
579 977
Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Austria

22
370 568
Ekaterina Mechetina is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
ИльяИванов added

Russia 

23
524 1,031
Maria-João Pires is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
JoséDuarte added Portugal

24
681 849
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

25
1,112 293
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pianists in the World