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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.

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Alan Rawsthorne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pianists from England
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 31
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 75
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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 42
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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 79
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 76
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 60
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
Dec. 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 60
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 77
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
Dec. 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 76
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