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Famous Pianists from Canada

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List of notable or famous pianists from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top pianists born in Canada and even some popular pianists who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian pianists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These pianists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known pianist from Canada is included when available.

Steve Barakatt and Diana Krall are only the beginning of the famous Canadian piano players on this list.

This historic pianists from Canada list can help answer the questions "Who are some Canadian pianists of note?" and "Who are the most famous pianists from Canada?" These prominent pianists of Canada may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Canadian pianists.

Use this list of renowned Canadian pianists to discover some new pianists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. 
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Alain Lefèvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Alain Lefèvre Age: 56

Birthplace: Poitiers, France

Alain Lefèvre, (born July 23, 1962) is a French Canadian pianist and composer. He is one of the Québécois pianists who have sold the greatest number of musical recordings.In ...more
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Alberto Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Dec. at 73 (1886-1959)

Birthplace: La Serena, Chile, Chile

Antonio Alberto García Guerrero (February 6, 1886 – November 7, 1959) was a Chilean-Canadian composer, pianist, and teacher. While he is most famously remembered as the mentor of Canadian ...more
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Angela Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 60

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Angela Hewitt, (born July 26, 1958) is a Canadian classical pianist. She is best known for her Bach interpretations.

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Anton Kuerti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 80

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Anton Emil Kuerti, OC (born July 21, 1938) is an Austrian-born Canadian pianist, music teacher, composer, and conductor. He has developed international recognition as a solo pianist, ...more
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Brenda Russell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 69

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Brenda Russell (née Gordon; born April 8, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter and keyboardist. Russell has a diverse musical style which encompasses pop, soul, dance, and jazz. She has ...more

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Carly Paradis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 38

Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

Carly Paradis is a Canadian composer, songwriter and pianist. She composes soundtracks for movies, documentaries, TV series and her own albums. In 2007, she worked with film composer Clint ...more
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Carol Welsman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 58

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Carol Welsman is a Canadian jazz vocalist and pianist. She is the granddaughter of conductor/composer Frank Welsman and the sister of composer John Welsman. She has been nominated 5 times for ...more

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Christine Yoshikawa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 44
Christine Mari Yoshikawa (born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian American classical pianist.
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Christopher Guglick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Christopher Guglick is a film score composer, pianist, singer-songwriter and sound engineer.
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Ciarán MacGillivr... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 31

Birthplace: Albert Bridge, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Cottars are a Canadian Celtic musical group from Cape Breton Island formed in 2000. The group's current members are Ciarán and Fiona MacGillivray, Bruce Timmins, and Claire Pettit.
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Claude Champagne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Dec. at 74 (1891-1965)

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Claude Champagne (27 May 1891 – 21 December 1965) was a Canadian composer, teacher, pianist, and violinist.
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Dang Thai Son is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 60

Birthplace: Hanoi, Vietnam

Đặng Thái Sơn (born July 2, 1958 in Hanoi, Vietnam) is a Vietnamese-Canadian classical pianist. He was the Gold Medalist of the Tenth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, ...more
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Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 54

Birthplace: Nanaimo, Canada

Diana Jean Krall (born November 16, 1964) is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million albums ...more

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Dolores Claman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 91

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Dolores Claman (born 6 July 1927) is a Canadian composer and pianist. She is best known for composing the 1968 theme song for CBC's Hockey Night In Canada show, known simply as The Hockey Theme. ...more
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Françoise de Clos... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Françoise de Clossey Age: 44

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Françoise de Clossey (born October 12, 1974) is a Canadian pianist and organist.
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Frédéric M... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 70

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

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Galt MacDermot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 90

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Arthur Terence Galt MacDermot (December 18, 1928 – December 17, 2018) was a Canadian-American composer, pianist and writer of musical theatre. He won a Grammy Award for the song "African ...more
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Gary Breit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Gary Breit Age: 58
Gary Breit (pronounced: "brite") is a Canadian keyboardist and vocalist best known for his collaboration with singer/songwriter Bryan Adams. He has also recorded with acts such as ...more
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Giancarlo Scalia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Giancarlo Scalia

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Giancarlo Scalia is a Canadian pianist and composer living in Montréal, Canada. He studied at the McGill Conservatory of Music, the École de musique Vincent-d'Indy and, finally, ...more
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Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Glenn Gould Dec. at 50 (1932-1982)

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Glenn Herbert Gould (; 25 September 1932 – 4 October 1982) was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most-celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was renowned as ...more

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Gregory Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 51

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Gregory Charles, OC (born February 12, 1968) is a Quebec performing artist of Trinidadian and French Canadian origin.
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Hershey Felder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Hershey Felder Age: 50

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Hershey Felder (born July 9, 1968) is a pianist, actor, playwright, composer, producer, and director. He created (as playwright, actor, and pianist) the role of American composer George Gershwin ...more
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Jan Lisiecki is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 23

Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

Jan Miłosz Lisiecki (born March 23, 1995) is a Canadian classical pianist of Polish descent. In addition to performing in live concerts, he has been a recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon ...more
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Janina Fialkowska is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 67

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Janina Fialkowska, (born May 7, 1951) is a Canadian classical pianist.
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Jason Barr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Age: 31

Birthplace: Newmarket, Suffolk, United Kingdom