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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.

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Alain Lefèvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Alain Lefèvre age 56 Alain Lefèvre, CQ is a French Canadian pianist and composer. He is one of the Québécois pianists who have sold the greatest number of musical recordings. In 2009, he was ...more

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Alberto Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Dec. at 73 (1886-1959) Antonio Alberto García Guerrero was a Chilean-Canadian composer, pianist, and teacher. While he is most famously remembered as the mentor of Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, Guerrero ...more

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Angela Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
age 60 Angela Hewitt, OC OBE is a British/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 Anton Kuerti, OC is an Austrian-born Canadian pianist, music teacher, composer, and conductor.

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Brenda Russell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
age 69 Brenda Russell is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboardist. Known for her eclectic musical style, her recordings have encompassed several different genres, including pop, soul, ...more

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Carly Paradis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
age 38 Carly Paradis was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is a composer and pianist. She composes soundtracks for movies, documentaries and television series. In 2008, she worked with film ...more

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Carol Welsman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
age 58 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 is a classical pianist.

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Christopher Guglick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Christopher Guglick is a film score composer, pianist, singer-songwriter and sound engineer.

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Ciarán MacGillivray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
age 31 Ciarán MacGillivray is an actor, singer and a musician.

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Claude Champagne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Dec. at 74 (1891-1965) Claude Champagne was a Canadian composer. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he studied violin with Albert Chamberland, organ with Orpha-F. Deveaux, and piano with Romain-Octave Pelletier I and Alexis ...more

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Dang Thai Son is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
age 60 Đặng Thái Sơn is a Vietnamese classical pianist. He was the Gold Medalist of the Tenth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland in 1980. It was the first time that a top ...more

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Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
age 54 Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC 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 worldwide. On December 11, ...more

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Dolores Claman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
age 91 Dolores Claman is a Canadian composer and pianist. She is best known for composing the theme song, known simply as The Hockey Theme, for Hockey Night in Canada, a song often regarded as Canada's ...more

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Françoise de Clossey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Françoise de Clossey age 44 Françoise de Clossey is a Canadian pianist and organist.

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Frédéric Metthé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada

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Galt MacDermot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
age 90 Arthur Terence Galt MacDermot is a Canadian composer, pianist and writer of musical theatre. He won a Grammy Award for the song "African Waltz" in 1960. His most successful musicals ...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 is a Canadian keyboardist and vocalist best known for his collaboration with singer/songwriter Bryan Adams. He has also recorded with acts such as Amanda Marshall, Cassandra Wilson, ...more

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Giancarlo Scalia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Giancarlo Scalia 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
Dec. at 50 (1932-1982) Glenn Herbert Gould was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the ...more

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Gregory Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
age 51 Gregory Charles is a Quebec performing artist of French Canadian and Trinidadian origin.

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Hershey Felder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
Hershey Felder age 50 Hershey Felder is a Canadian pianist, actor, playwright, composer, producer, and director. He created the role of American composer George Gershwin for the theatrical stage in the stage play ...more

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Jan Lisiecki is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
age 23 Jan Miłosz Lisiecki is a classical pianist.

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Janina Fialkowska is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pianists from Canada
age 67 Janina Fialkowska, OC 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