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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3,017 2,601
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Argentina
2
2,387 608
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
United States of America
3
2,626 2,031
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Russia
4
1,266 812
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Canada
5
1,018 1,552
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
6
2,108 2,177
Yuja Wang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
MatthewMcCormick added China
7
1,761 1,556
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
8
2,014 337
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
9
1,086 495
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Massimo Fornetti added Italy
10
1,066 1,412
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
11
1,386 534
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
12
1,137 1,555
Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
13
1,566 1,975
Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
AntoninScheidemann added
14
1,530 921
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
15
910 925
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Massimo Fornetti added Soviet Union
16
998 932
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Hungary, United Kingdom
17
1,019 741
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Chile, United States of America
18
941 876
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
19
891 964
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Poland, United States of America
20
1,005 996
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
United States of America
21
652 1,115
Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Austria
22
577 1,208
Maria-João Pires is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
JoséDuarte added Portugal
23
1,395 330
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
24
375 849
Ekaterina Mechetina is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
ИльяИванов added

Russia 

25
734 1,106
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pianists in the World