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List of notable or famous pianists from England, with bios and photos, including the top pianists born in England and even some popular pianists who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English 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 England is included when available.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Paul McCartney and Elton John. Featuring popular British piano players and more, this list has it all. 

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

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Alan Rawsthorne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 66 (1905-1971) Alan Rawsthorne was a British composer. He was born in Haslingden, Lancashire, and is buried in Thaxted churchyard in Essex.

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Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 63 (1913-1976) Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including ...more

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Benno Moiseiwitsch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 73 (1890-1963) Benno Moiseiwitsch CBE was a Ukrainian-born British pianist.

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Carmen Reece is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 30 Carmen Reece is an English singer-songwriter and pianist who released her first single she co-wrote and featured on as an unsigned artist "U GOT ME" Carmen then signed to an ...more

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Chas Hodges is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 74 Chas Hodges is an English musician and singer, probably best known for being one half, and lead vocalist, of the English musical duo, Chas & Dave. Before founding Chas & Dave, Hodges had ...more

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Cipriani Potter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Cipriani Potter Died at 79 (1792-1871) Philip Cipriani Hambly Potter was a British composer, pianist and educator.

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Donald Francis Tovey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Donald Francis Tovey Died at 65 (1875-1940) Sir Donald Francis Tovey was a British musical analyst, musicologist, writer on music, composer, conductor and pianist. He had been best known for his Essays in Musical Analysis and his editions ...more

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Freddy Kempf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 41 Freddy Kempf is a British pianist born in Croydon to a German father and a Japanese mother. He now lives in Berlin.

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Frederic Hymen Cowen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 83 (1852-1935) Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen, was a British pianist, conductor and composer.

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George Pinto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pianists from England
George Pinto Died at 21 (1785-1806) George Pinto was an English composer and keyboard virtuoso.

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Irene Scharrer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Irene Scharrer Died at 83 (1888-1971) Irene Scharrer was an English classical pianist. Irene Scharrer was born in London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Tobias Matthay. Scharrer made her London début at the age ...more

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Johann Baptist Cramer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 87 (1771-1858) Johann Baptist Cramer was an English musician of German origin. He was the son of Wilhelm Cramer, a famous London violinist and musical conductor, one of a numerous family who were identified ...more

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John Lill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 74 John Lill CBE is an English classical pianist.

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John McCabe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 78 John McCabe, CBE was a British composer and pianist. He created works in many different forms, including symphonies, ballets, and solo works for the piano. He served as principal of the London ...more

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John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 75 John Taylor is a British jazz pianist; he has occasionally performed on the organ and the synthesiser. He is one of Europe's most celebrated jazz pianists and composers.

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Johnny Pearson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 86 (1925-2011) John Valmore Pearson, known as Johnny Pearson, was a British composer, orchestra leader and pianist. He led the Top of the Pops orchestra for sixteen years, wrote a catalogue of library music, ...more

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Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 71 (1941-2012) John Douglas "Jon" Lord was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep ...more

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Julius Drake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Julius Drake age 59 Julius Drake is an English pianist who works as a song recital accompanist and chamber musician.

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Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 96 (1892-1988) Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji was an English composer, music critic, pianist and writer. He was one of the 20th century's most prolific piano composers. As a composer and pianist, Sorabji was ...more

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Kathryn Stott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 59 Kathryn Stott is a British classical pianist who performs as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Her specialities include the English and French classical repertoire, ...more

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Michael Finnissy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 72 Michael Finnissy is an English composer and pianist. Finnissy has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Sussex, and is currently Professor of composition at the University of ...more

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Michael Nyman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 74 Michael Laurence Nyman, CBE is an English composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, known for numerous film scores, and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane ...more

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Mike Pinder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 76 Michael Thomas "Mike" Pinder is an English rock musician, and is a founding member and original keyboard player of the British rock group the The Moody Blues. He left the group ...more

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Myra Hess is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 75 (1890-1965) Dame Julia Myra Hess, DBE was a British pianist.

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 75 Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the ...more

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Paul Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 77 Paul Williams is an English composer and pianist.

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Percival Mackey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 56 (1894-1950) Thomas Percival Montague Mackey, better known as Percival Mackey, was a British pianist, composer and bandleader. He is particularly known for his work as a composer and musical director for ...more

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Percy Grainger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 79 (1882-1961) Percy Aldridge Grainger was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist. In the course of a long and innovative career he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in British folk ...more

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Peter Donohoe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 64 Peter Donohoe CBE is an internationally renowned virtuoso classical pianist, promoter, artistic director and educator.

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Peter Skellern is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 71 Peter Skellern is an English singer-songwriter and pianist.

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Richard Egarr is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 54 Richard Egarr is a British keyboard performer, on the harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano, and conductor. He received his musical training as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chetham's School ...more

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Roger Smalley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 74 Roger Smalley AM is a British–Australian composer, pianist and conductor. Professor Smalley is currently a senior honorary research fellow at the School of Music, University of Western Australia ...more

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Russ Conway is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 75 (1925-2000) Russ Conway was a British popular music pianist. Conway had 20 piano instrumentals in the UK Singles Chart between 1957 and 1963, including two number one hits.

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Sir Clifford Michael Curzon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 75 (1907-1982) Sir Clifford Michael Curzon, CBE was an English pianist.

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Sir Landon Ronald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 65 (1873-1938) Sir Landon Ronald was an English conductor, composer, pianist, teacher and administrator. In his early career he gained work as an accompanist and répétiteur, but struggled to make ...more

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Sir William Sterndale Bennett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 59 (1816-1875) Sir William Sterndale Bennett was an English composer, pianist, conductor and music educator. At the age of ten Bennett was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he remained ...more

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Steve Gray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 64 (1944-2008) Steve Gray was a British pianist, composer and arranger.

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Terence Judd is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Terence Judd Died at 22 (1957-1979) Terence Judd was a distinguished English pianist who died young, poised on the verge of a musical career.

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Thomas Adès is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 47 Thomas Adès is a British composer, pianist and conductor.

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Tony Hatch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Pianists from England
age 78 Anthony Peter "Tony" Hatch, also credited as Fred Nightingale and Mark Anthony, is an English composer for musical theatre and television. He is also a noted songwriter, pianist, ...more

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Walter Bache is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Died at 46 (1842-1888) Walter Bache was an English pianist and conductor noted for his championing the music of Franz Liszt and other music of the New German School in England. He studied privately with Liszt in Italy ...more

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William Denis Browne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Pianists from England
William Denis Browne Died at 27 (1888-1915) William Charles Denis Browne, primarily known as Billy to family and as Denis to his friends, was a British composer, pianist, organist and music critic of the early 20th century. He and his ...more