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Famous Pianists from Germany

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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
Dec. at 75 (1814-1889)

Birthplace: Schwabach, Germany

Georg Martin Adolf von Henselt (9 or 12 May 1814 – 10 October 1889) was a German composer and virtuoso pianist.

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

Birthplace: Iserlohn, Germany

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Aljoscha Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dec. at 65 (1944-2009)

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

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: 87

Birthplace: Iserlohn, Germany

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André Previn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Age: 89

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

André George Previn, (; born Andreas Ludwig Priwin; April 6, 1929 – February 28, 2019) was a German-American pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor. His career was three-pronged. ...more

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Andreas Staier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Age: 63

Birthplace: Göttingen, Germany

Andreas Staier (born 13 September 1955 in Göttingen) is a German pianist and harpsichordist.

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Aribert Reimann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Age: 83

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Aribert Reimann (born 4 March 1936) 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 ...more
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Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dec. at 69 (1882-1951)

Birthplace: Lipník, Czech Republic

Artur Schnabel (17 April 1882 – 15 August 1951) was an Austrian-American classical pianist, composer and pedagogue. Schnabel was known for his intellectual seriousness as a musician, avoiding ...more

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Bernhard Stavenhagen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dec. at 52 (1862-1914)

Birthplace: Greiz, Germany

Bernhard Stavenhagen (24 November 1862 – 25 December 1914) was a German pianist, composer and conductor. His musical style was influenced by Franz Liszt, and as a conductor he was a strong ...more
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Bruno Walter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dec. at 86 (1876-1962)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Bruno Walter (born Bruno Schlesinger, September 15, 1876 – February 17, 1962) was a German-born conductor, pianist and composer. Born in Berlin, he left Germany in 1933 to escape the Third ...more
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Carl Maria von Weber is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dec. at 40 (1786-1826)

Birthplace: Eutin, Germany

Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber (18 or 19 November 1786 – 5 June 1826) was a German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic, and was one of the first significant composers of the ...more

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bac... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dec. at 74 (1714-1788)

Birthplace: Weimar, Germany

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (8 March 1714 – 14 December 1788), also formerly spelled Karl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, was a German Classical period musician and composer, the fifth child and second ...more

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Carl Reinecke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dec. at 86 (1824-1910)

Birthplace: Altona, Hamburg, Germany

Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke (23 June 1824 – 10 March 1910) was a German composer, conductor, and pianist in the Middle Romantic Era.
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Charles Hallé is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dec. at 76 (1819-1895)

Birthplace: Hagen, Germany

Sir Charles Hallé (11 April 1819 – 25 October 1895) 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
Age: 68

Birthplace: India, Jamshedpur

Christian Zacharias (born 27 April 1950 in Jamshedpur) is a German pianist and conductor.
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Christoph Brüx is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Age: 53

Birthplace: North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Christoph Brüx (born 13 December 1965) is a German sculptor, painter, composer, pianist, keyboardist, arranger and music producer. He composed for interpreters such as No Angels, Matthias ...more
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Christoph Eschenbach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Age: 79

Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland

Christoph Eschenbach (German: [ˈkʁɪstɔf ˈɛʃn̩bax]; born 20 February 1940) is a German-born pianist and conductor.
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Clara Schumann is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Clara Schumann Dec. at 77 (1819-1896)

Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany

Clara Schumann (; née Clara Josephine Wieck; 13 September 1819 – 20 May 1896) was a German musician and composer and is regarded as one of the most distinguished pianists and composers of ...more

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Claude Frank is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Age: 93

Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany

Claude Frank (born Claus Johannes Frank; December 24, 1925 – December 27, 2014) was a German-born American pianist.

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Conrad Ansorge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dec. at 68 (1862-1930)

Birthplace: Lubawka, Poland

Conrad Eduard Reinhold Ansorge (15 October 1862 – 13 February 1930) was a German pianist, teacher and composer. He was born in Buchwald, Silesia, studied at the Leipzig Conservatory between 1880 ...more
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Daniel Steibelt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dec. at 58 (1765-1823)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Daniel Gottlieb Steibelt (October 22, 1765 – September 20 [O.S. September 8] 1823) was a German born pianist and composer who died in Saint Petersburg, Russia. His main works were composed in ...more
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Dieter Falk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Age: 59

Birthplace: Siegen, Germany

Dieter Falk (born 5 December 1959 in Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German pianist, keyboardist, Christian composer, arranger, and record producer (e.g. Pur (band)).
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Dieter Zechlin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dieter Zechlin Dec. at 86 (1926-2012)

Birthplace: Goslar, Germany

Dieter Zechlin (October 30, 1926 – March 16, 2012) 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 ...more
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Dionys Pruckner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dionys Pruckner Dec. at 62 (1834-1896)
Dionys Pruckner (12 May 1834 München – 1 December 1896 Heidelberg) was a noted pianist and music teacher at Stuttgart. He was a student of Franz Liszt from 1852 until about 1855 who did ...more
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Draga Matković is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Draga Matković Dec. at 106 (1907-2013)

Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

Draga Matković (also known as Draga Matković-von Auerhann; 4 November 1907 – 29 July 2013) was a contemporary German classical pianist of Croatian descent.