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

People here include everything from Pope Benedict XVI to Ludwig van Beethoven.

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

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Adolf von Henselt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Adolf von Henselt Died at 75 (1814-1889) Adolf von Henselt was a German composer and pianist.

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Alfons Kontarsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Alfons Kontarsky Died at 78 (1932-2010)

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Aljoscha Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Aljoscha Zimmermann Died at 65 (1944-2009) Aljoscha Zimmermann was a film score composer.

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Aloys Kontarsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Aloys Kontarsky age 86

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André Previn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
André Previn age 89 André George Previn, KBE is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and is the winner of four Academy Awards ...more

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Andreas Staier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Andreas Staier age 62 Andreas Staier is a German pianist and harpsichordist.

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Aribert Reimann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Aribert Reimann age 82 Aribert Reimann is a German composer, pianist and accompanist, known especially for his literary operas. His version of Shakespeare's King Lear, the opera Lear, was written at the suggestion of ...more

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Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Artur Schnabel Died at 69 (1882-1951) Artur Schnabel was an Austrian classical pianist, who also composed and taught. Schnabel was known for his intellectual seriousness as a musician, avoiding pure technical bravura. Among the 20th ...more

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Bernhard Stavenhagen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Bernhard Stavenhagen Died at 52 (1862-1914) Bernhard Stavenhagen was a German pianist, composer and conductor. His musical style was influenced by Franz Liszt, and as a conductor he was a strong advocate of new music.

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Bruno Walter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Bruno Walter Died at 86 (1876-1962) Bruno Walter was a German-born conductor, pianist, and composer. Born in Berlin, he left Germany in 1933 to escape the Third Reich, settling finally in the United States in 1939. He worked ...more

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Carl Maria von Weber is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Carl Maria von Weber Died at 40 (1786-1826) Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber was a German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. Weber's operas Der ...more

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Died at 74 (1714-1788) Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was a German Classical period musician and composer, the fifth child and second son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach. His second name was given in honor ...more

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Carl Reinecke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Carl Reinecke Died at 86 (1824-1910) Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke was a German composer, conductor, and pianist.

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Charles Hallé is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Charles Hallé Died at 76 (1819-1895) Sir Charles Hallé was an Anglo-German pianist and conductor, and founder of The Hallé orchestra in 1858.

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Christian Zacharias is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Christian Zacharias age 67 Christian Zacharias is a German pianist and conductor.

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Christoph Brüx is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Christoph Brüx age 52 Christoph Brüx is a German sculptor, painter, composer, pianist, keyboardist, arranger and music producer. He composed for interpreters such as No Angels, Matthias Reim, The Underdog ...more

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Christoph Eschenbach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Christoph Eschenbach age 78 Christoph Eschenbach is a German-born pianist and conductor. He is currently music director of both the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Clara Schumann is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Clara Schumann Died at 77 (1819-1896) Clara Schumann was a German musician and composer, considered one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era. She exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, changing the ...more

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Claude Frank is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Claude Frank age 92 Claude Frank was a German-born American pianist.

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Conrad Ansorge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Conrad Ansorge Died at 68 (1862-1930) Conrad Eduard Reinhold Ansorge was a German pianist, teacher and composer. He was born in Buchwald, Silesia, studied at the Leipzig Conservatory between 1880 and 1882, and under Franz Liszt in ...more

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Daniel Steibelt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Daniel Steibelt Died at 58 (1765-1823) Daniel Gottlieb Steibelt was a German pianist and composer who died in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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Dieter Falk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dieter Falk age 58 Dieter Falk is a German pianist, keyboardist, Christian composer, arranger, and record producer.

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Dieter Zechlin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dieter Zechlin Died at 86 (1926-2012) Dieter Zechlin was a German pianist. He was one of East Germany's most prominent pianists throughout the 1950-80s. In 1959 he received the Art Prize of the GDR and in 1961 the National Prize of ...more

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Dionys Pruckner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dionys Pruckner Died at 62 (1834-1896) Dionys Pruckner was a noted pianist and music teacher at Stuttgart. He was a student of Franz Liszt from 1852 until about 1855 who did concert tours throughout Europe. In 1859 he was appointed ...more

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Draga Matkovic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Draga Matkovic Died at 106 (1907-2013) Draga Matković was a contemporary German classical pianist of Croatian origin.

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Eduard Marxsen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Eduard Marxsen Died at 81 (1806-1887) Eduard Marxsen was a German pianist, composer and teacher. Marxsen was born in Nienstädten. He was a pupil of Ignaz von Seyfried, Simon Sechter, Johann Heinrich Clasing, and Carl Maria von ...more

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Edward Dannreuther is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Edward Dannreuther Died at 61 (1844-1905) Edward Dannreuther was a German pianist and writer on music, resident from 1863 in England. His father had crossed the Atlantic, moving to Cincinnati, and there established a piano manufacturing ...more

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Elly Ney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Elly Ney Died at 86 (1882-1968) Elly Ney was a German romantic pianist who specialized in Beethoven, and was especially popular in Germany.

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Emil von Sauer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Emil von Sauer Died at 80 (1862-1942) Emil Georg Conrad von Sauer was a notable German composer, pianist, score editor, and music teacher. He was a pupil of Franz Liszt and one of the most distinguished pianists of his generation. ...more

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Eugen d'Albert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Eugen d'Albert Died at 68 (1864-1932) Eugen Francois Charles d'Albert was a Scottish-born German pianist and composer. Educated in Britain, d'Albert showed early musical talent and, at the age of seventeen, he won a scholarship to ...more

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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Died at 38 (1809-1847) Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. A grandson of the ...more

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Ferdinand Ries is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Ferdinand Ries Died at 54 (1784-1838) Ferdinand Ries was a German composer. Ries was a friend, pupil and secretary of Ludwig van Beethoven. He composed eight symphonies, a violin concerto, eight piano concertos and numerous other ...more

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Franz Bendel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Franz Bendel Died at 41 (1833-1874) Franz Bendel was a German Bohemian pianist and composer. Bendel was born in Schönlinde, Bohemia, Austrian Empire. He was a student of Franz Liszt for five years in Weimar. From 1862, he ...more

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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886) Franz Liszt is a film score composer.

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Friedrich Kalkbrenner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Friedrich Kalkbrenner Died at 64 (1785-1849) Friedrich Wilhelm Michael Kalkbrenner was a pianist, composer, piano teacher and piano manufacturer. German by birth, Kalkbrenner studied at the Paris Conservatoire starting at a young age and ...more

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Friedrich Kuhlau is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Friedrich Kuhlau Died at 46 (1786-1832) Friedrich Daniel Rudolf Kuhlau was a German-born Danish composer during the Classical and Romantic periods. He was a central figure of the Danish Golden Age and is immortalized in Danish ...more

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Graham Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Graham Reynolds age 47 Graham Reynolds Austin, Texas based, Composer-bandleader Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls with collaborators ranging ...more

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Grete Sultan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Grete Sultan Died at 99 (1906-2005) Grete Sultan was a German-American pianist. Born in Berlin into a musical family, she studied piano from an early age with American pianist Richard Buhlig, and later with Leonid Kreutzer and ...more

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Gustav Nottebohm is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Gustav Nottebohm Died at 65 (1817-1882) Martin Gustav Nottebohm was a pianist, teacher, musical editor and composer who spent most of his career in Vienna. He is particularly celebrated for his studies of Beethoven. Nottebohm studied ...more

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Hans Bischoff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Hans Bischoff Died at 71 (1889-1960) Hans Bischoff was a German entomologist from Berlin. He was Kustos or curator of Hymenoptera at Museum für Naturkunde from 1921 until 1955. He ventured to Italy to obtain ants in order to ...more

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Hans Bronsart von Schellendorf... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff Died at 83 (1830-1913) Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff was a classical musician and composer who studied under Franz Liszt.

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Hans Pfitzner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Hans Pfitzner Died at 80 (1869-1949) Hans Erich Pfitzner was a German composer and self-described anti-modernist. His best known work is the post-Romantic opera Palestrina, loosely based on the life of the great sixteenth-century ...more

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Hans von Bülow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Hans von Bülow Died at 64 (1830-1894) Baron Hans Guido von Bülow was a German conductor, virtuoso pianist, and composer of the Romantic era. One of the most famous conductors of the 19th century, his activity was critical for ...more

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Helmut Roloff is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Helmut Roloff Died at 89 (1912-2001) Helmut Roloff was a German pianist and teacher. Roloff was born in Giessen where his father was a university history professor who was a staunch anti-Nazi. Roloff entered the Hochschule für ...more

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Helmut Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Helmut Schmidt age 99 Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt is a German Social Democratic politician who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. Prior to becoming Chancellor, he had served as Minister of ...more

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Henry Jolles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Henry Jolles Died at 63 (1902-1965) Henry Jolles, born Heinz-Frederic Jolles, was a German pianist and composer. Uprooted from his native Germany by the rise of Nazism, he spent his last quarter-century in Brazil.

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Johann Nepomuk Hummel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Johann Nepomuk Hummel Died at 59 (1778-1837) Johann Nepomuk Hummel was an Austrian composer and virtuoso pianist. His music reflects the transition from the Classical to the Romantic musical era.

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Johann Peter Pixis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Johann Peter Pixis Died at 86 (1788-1874) Johann Peter Pixis was a German pianist and composer born in Mannheim, Germany. He lived in Paris between 1825 and 1845, where he worked as a concert pianist. In 1845 he moved to Baden-Baden ...more

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Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897) Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. In his lifetime, Brahms's popularity and ...more

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Julius Reubke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Julius Reubke Died at 24 (1834-1858) Julius Reubke was a German composer, pianist and organist. In his short life — he died at the age of 24 — he composed the Sonata on the 94th Psalm, in C minor, which was and still is considered ...more