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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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Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
United States of America
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Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Canada
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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Massimo Fornetti added Italy
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Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
United States of America, Russia
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Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Russia
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Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
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Yuja Wang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
MatthewMcCormick added China
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Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
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Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
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Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Massimo Fornetti added Soviet Union
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Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
AntoninScheidemann added
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Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Argentina, Spain, State of Palestine
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Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Poland, United States of America
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Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
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András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Hungary, United Kingdom
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Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
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Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Austria
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Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Chile, United States of America
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Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
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Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
United States of America
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Ekaterina Mechetina is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
ИльяИванов added

Russia 

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Maria-João Pires is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
JoséDuarte added Portugal
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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Hungary
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Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Дмитрий Гаранин added Russia