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Famous Pianists from England

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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.

Use this list of renowned English 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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    Alan Rawsthorne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    Alan Rawsthorne

    Dec. at 66 (1905-1971)

    BirthplaceHaslingden, United Kingdom

    Alan Rawsthorne (2 May 1905 – 24 July 1971) was a British composer. He was born in Haslingden,... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    Benjamin Britten

    Dec. at 63 (1913-1976)

    BirthplaceEast of England, Suffolk, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom

    Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Benno Moiseiwitsch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    Benno Moiseiwitsch

    Dec. at 73 (1890-1963)

    BirthplaceOdessa, Ukraine

    Benno Moiseiwitsch CBE (22 February 1890 – 9 April 1963) was a Russian/Ukrainian born British... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Carmen Reece is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Carmen Reece is an English singer, songwriter and musician now based in Los Angeles,... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Chas Hodges is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Charles Nicholas Hodges (28 December 1943 – 22 September 2018) was an English musician and... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Cipriani Potter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    Cipriani Potter

    Dec. at 79 (1792-1871)
    Philip Cipriani Hambly Potter (3 October 1792 – 26 September 1871) was an English musician. He... more on Wikipedia
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    Donald Francis Tovey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    Donald Francis Tovey

    Dec. at 65 (1875-1940)
    Sir Donald Francis Tovey (17 July 1875 – 10 July 1940) was a British musical analyst,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Freddy Kempf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    BirthplaceCroydon, London, United Kingdom

    Freddy Kempf (born 1977) is a British pianist born in Croydon to a German father and a... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Frederic Hymen Cowen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    Frederic Hymen Cowen

    Dec. at 83 (1852-1935)

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen (29 January 1852 – 6 October 1935), was a British pianist, conductor... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    George Pinto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    George Pinto

    Dec. at 21 (1785-1806)

    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Lambeth, United Kingdom

    George Pinto (25 September 1785 – 23 March 1806) 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

    Dec. at 83 (1888-1971)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Irene Scharrer (2 February 1888 – 11 January 1971) was an English classical pianist. Irene... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Johann Baptist Cramer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    Johann Baptist Cramer

    Dec. at 87 (1771-1858)

    BirthplaceMannheim, Germany

    Johann (sometimes John) Baptist Cramer (24 February 1771 – 16 April 1858) was an English... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    John Lill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    John Lill

    Age: 76
    John Richard Lill (born 17 March 1944 in London) is a British classical pianist.
  • 14
    John McCabe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    BirthplaceHuyton, United Kingdom

    John McCabe, (21 April 1939 – 13 February 2015) was a British composer and pianist. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    John Taylor (25 September 1942 – 17 July 2015) was a British jazz pianist born in Manchester,... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Johnny Pearson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    Johnny Pearson

    Dec. at 86 (1925-2011)

    BirthplaceChesterfield, United Kingdom

    John Valmore Pearson (18 June 1925 – 20 March 2011) was a British composer, orchestra leader... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    Jon Lord

    Dec. at 71 (1941-2012)

    BirthplaceEngland, Leicester

    John Douglas Lord (9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012) was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond... more on Wikipedia

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    Julius Drake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    Julius Drake

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Julius Drake (born 5 April 1959 in London) is an English pianist who works as a song recital... more on Wikipedia
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    Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

    Dec. at 96 (1892-1988)

    BirthplaceChingford, London, United Kingdom

    Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (born Leon Dudley Sorabji; 14 August 1892 – 15 October 1988) was an... more on Wikipedia
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    Kathryn Stott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    BirthplaceNelson, United Kingdom

    Kathryn Stott (born 10 December 1958) is a British classical pianist who performs as a... more on Wikipedia
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    Michael Finnissy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    BirthplaceTulse Hill, London, United Kingdom

    Michael Finnissy (born 17 March 1946) is an English composer and pianist. Finnissy has taught... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Michael Nyman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    BirthplaceStratford, London, London, United Kingdom

    Michael Laurence Nyman, CBE (born 23 March 1944) is an English composer of minimalist music,... more on Wikipedia

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    Mike Pinder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    BirthplaceBirmingham, United Kingdom

    Michael Thomas Pinder (born 27 December 1941, in Erdington, Birmingham) is an English rock... more on Wikipedia
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    Myra Hess is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    Myra Hess

    Dec. at 75 (1890-1965)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Dame Julia Myra Hess, (25 February 1890 – 25 November 1965) was an English pianist, best... more on Wikipedia

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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pianists from England

    BirthplaceWalton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

    Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,... more on Wikipedia

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