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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)
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
Dec. at 78 (1932-2010)
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Aljoscha Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Dec. 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 87
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André Previn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
age 89
André George Previn, KBE (/ˈprɛvɪn/; born Andreas Ludwig Priwin; April 6, 1929 – February 28, 2019) was a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the ...more
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Andreas Staier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
age 63
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
age 83
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 68
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
age 53
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
age 79
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
Dec. 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
age 93
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 59
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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Matković is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pianists from Germany
Draga Matković Dec. at 106 (1907-2013)
Draga Matković was a contemporary German classical pianist of Croatian origin.