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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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2,952 2,509
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Argentina
2
2,286 590
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
United States of America
3
2,591 1,983
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Russia
4
1,228 767
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Canada
5
995 1,501
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
6
2,059 2,118
Yuja Wang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
MatthewMcCormick added China
7
1,730 1,514
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
8
1,942 333
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
United States of America, Russia
9
1,046 486
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Massimo Fornetti added Italy
10
1,044 1,381
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
11
1,355 523
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
12
1,118 1,511
Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Palestinian National Authority, Argentina, Spain
13
1,541 1,932
Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
AntoninScheidemann added
14
1,502 880
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
15
889 888
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Massimo Fornetti added Russia, Russian Empire, Soviet Union
16
988 893
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Hungary, United Kingdom
17
1,007 704
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Chile, United States of America
18
936 837
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
19
867 918
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Poland, United States of America
20
993 952
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
United States of America
21
646 1,057
Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Austria
22
569 1,149
Maria-João Pires is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
JoséDuarte added Portugal
23
375 790
Ekaterina Mechetina is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
ИльяИванов added

Russia 

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1,335 324
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
25
725 1,050
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pianists in the World