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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2,858 2,307
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Argentina

2
2,076 550
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
United States of America, Russian Empire

3
2,520 1,926
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Russia

4
1,154 735
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Canada

5
2,004 2,034
Yuja Wang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
MatthewMcCormick added China

6
966 1,453
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

7
1,682 1,475
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

8
1,841 325
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

9
1,007 471
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Massimo Fornetti added Italy

10
1,021 1,347
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

11
1,324 505
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

12
1,090 1,474
Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Palestinian National Authority, Argentina, Spain

13
1,501 1,874
Valentina Lisitsa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
AntoninScheidemann added

14
1,381 855
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

15
839 868
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Massimo Fornetti added Soviet Union

16
977 683
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Chile, United States of America

17
966 868
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
People's Republic of Hungary, United Kingdom

18
916 810
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

19
810 900
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Poland, United States of America

20
963 935
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
United States of America

21
615 1,033
Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
Austria

22
551 1,089
Maria-João Pires is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
JoséDuarte added Portugal

23
374 643
Ekaterina Mechetina is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pianists in the World
ИльяИванов added

Russia 

24
710 910
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pianists in the World

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1,186 316
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pianists in the World