Famous Pianists from Hungary

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

These people, like Franz Liszt and Béla Bartók include images when available.

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

Use this list of renowned Hungarian pianists to discover some new pianists that you aren't familiar with. 


  • Agi Jambor

    Agi Jambor (February 4, 1909–February 3, 1997) was a Hungarian pianist. Jambor was born in 1909 in Budapest, Hungary, the half-Jewish daughter of a wealthy businessman and a prominent piano teacher. A piano prodigy, she was playing Mozart before she could read and at age 12 made her debut with a symphony orchestra.From 1926 to 1931, Jambor studied piano with Edwin Fischer at the Berlin University of the Arts. In the early 1930s, at the height of her popularity, she fled to Paris and into exile, preferring playing practice piano in a dance studio to performing on the concert stage. In 1933, Jambor married Imre Patai, a physicist and pianist. In 1937 she won Fifth Prize at the third ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1909-1997)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
  • Alexander Raab
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    Alexander Raab (1882 – 1958) was a Hungarian-American pianist and distinguished piano teacher.Alexander Raab was born in Győr (also known as Raab), Hungary. He studied at the Vienna Conservatory under Hans Schmitt (1835–1907), Robert Fuchs and Theodor Leschetizky and became acquainted with Johannes Brahms. He presented recitals with the violinist Jan Kubelík in England, Russia, Germany and France. He immigrated to the US in 1915, and became Head of the Piano Department at Chicago Musical College, before moving to Berkeley, California, where he became esteemed as one of the best piano teachers on the West Coast.He performed concertos with the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Vienna, Chicago Symphony ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1882-1940)
    • Birthplace: Győr, Hungary
  • András Schiff
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    Sir András Schiff (Hungarian: [ˈɒndraːʃ ˈʃiff]; born 21 December 1953) is a Hungarian-born Austro-British classical pianist and conductor, who has received numerous major awards and honours, including the Grammy Award, Gramophone Award, Mozart Medal, and Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize, and was knighted in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to music. He is also known for his public criticism of political movements in Hungary and Austria. Schiff is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Piano at the Barenboim–Said Akademie in Berlin.
    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
  • Annie Fischer
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    Annie Fischer (July 5, 1914 – April 10, 1995) was a Hungarian classical pianist.
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1914-1995)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
  • Balint Vázsonyi (7 March 1936 – 17 January 2003) was a Hungarian-born naturalized American pianist, educator, international recitalist/soloist with leading orchestras, and political activist and journalist. He made performance history in playing chronological cycles of all 32 piano sonatas by Beethoven over two days in New York, Boston, and London. During the last six years of his life, he became a commentator in Washington, D.C., on the state of American politics.
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1936-2003)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
  • Béla Bartók
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    Béla Viktor János Bartók (; Hungarian: Bartók Béla, pronounced [ˈbɒrtoːk ˈbeːlɒ]; 25 March 1881 – 26 September 1945) was a Hungarian composer, pianist, and ethnomusicologist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Franz Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest composers (Gillies 2001). Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology.
    • Age: Dec. at 64 (1881-1945)
    • Birthplace: Sânnicolau Mare, Romania