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Famous Pianists from Russia

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

A factual list, featuring Russian piano players, like Sergei Rachmaninoff and Igor Stravinsky.

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

Use this list of renowned Russian pianists to discover some new pianists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. 
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    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Alexei Volodin (Russian: Алексей Володин; born 1977) is a Russian pianist. He was born in St. Petersburg, and began taking piano lessons there at the age of nine. A year later he moved to Moscow,...  more
  • 2

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Alexander Yevgenyevich Kobrin (Александр Кобрин, born 20 March 1980 in Moscow) is a Russian concert pianist and teacher. At age five, he enrolled in the Gnessin Special School of Music in Moscow...  more
  • 3

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Alexander Melnikov may refer to: Alexander Melnikov (pianist) (born 1973), Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov (politician) (1930–2011), Soviet and Russian politician...  more
  • 4
    Dec. at 43 (1872-1915)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (; Russian: Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Скря́бин [ɐlʲɪˈksandr nʲɪkəˈɫaɪvʲɪtɕ ˈskrʲæbʲɪn]; 6 January 1872 [O.S. 25 December 1871] – 27 April [O.S. 14 April] 1915) was a...  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceYoshkar-Ola, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Alexandre Moutouzkine is a Russian pianist. He is active through Europe and the USA. Alexandre Moutouzkine burst onto the U.S. concert scene at the age of nineteen, after garnering a Jury...  more
  • 6
    Dec. at 93 (1888-1982)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Anatoly Nikolayevich Alexandrov (Russian: Анато́лий Никола́евич Алекса́ндров) (May 25, 1888 [O.S. May 13], Moscow – April 16, 1982, Moscow), PAU, was a Russian composer of works for piano and for...  more
  • 7
    Dec. at 44 (1861-1906)

    BirthplaceNizhny Novgorod, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Anton Stepanovich Arensky (Russian: Анто́н Степа́нович Аре́нский; 12 July [O.S. 30 June] 1861 – 25 February [O.S. 12 February] 1906) was a Russian composer of Romantic classical music, a pianist and...  more
  • 8
    Dec. at 64 (1829-1894)

    BirthplaceVikhvatinets

    NationalityRussia

    Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein (Russian: Антон Григорьевич Рубинштейн, tr. Anton Grigor'evič Rubinštejn; November 28 [O.S. November 16] 1829 – November 20 [O.S. November 8] 1894) was a Russian...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Arcadi Volodos (Russian: Аркадий Аркадиевич Володось, Arkadij Arkadievich Volodos; born 24 February 1972) is a Russian pianist. His first name is sometimes transliterated Arcady or Arkady....  more
  • 10
    Dec. at 72 (1859-1932)

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Arthur Friedheim (Russian: Артур Фридхайм, 26 October 1859 – 19 October 1932) was a Russian-born concert pianist who was one of Franz Liszt's foremost pupils. One of Friedheim's students was Rildia...  more
  • 11
    Dec. at 68 (1906-1975)

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    NationalityRussian Empire, Soviet Union

    Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (Russian: Дми́трий Дми́триевич Шостако́вич , tr. Dmitriy Dmitrievich Shostakovich, pronounced [ˈdmʲitrʲɪj ˈdmʲitrʲɪjɪvʲɪtɕ ʂəstɐˈkovʲɪtɕ]; 25 September [O.S. 12...  more

    #211 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#18 of 368 The Best Classical Composers#420 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • 12
    Dec. at 68 (1916-1985)

    BirthplaceOdessa, Ukraine

    NationalityRussia

    Emil Grigoryevich Gilels (Ukrainian: Емі́ль Григо́рович Гі́лельс; 19 October 1916 – 14 October 1985) was a Soviet pianist. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time....  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Evgeny Igorevich Kissin (Russian: Евге́ний И́горевич Ки́син, romanized: Evgénij Ígorevič Kísin; born 10 October 1971) is a Russian classical pianist. He has been a British citizen since 2002 and an...  more
  • 14
    Dec. at 73 (1928-2002)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Yevgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov (Russian: Евгéний Фёдорович Светлáнов; 6 September 1928 – 3 May 2002) was a Russian conductor, composer and a pianist....  more
  • 15
    Dec. at 67 (1863-1931)

    BirthplaceUkraine

    NationalityRussia

    Felix Mikhailovich Blumenfeld (Russian: Фе́ликс Миха́йлович Блуменфе́льд; 19 April 1863 [O.S. 7 April] – 21 January 1931) was a Russian composer, conductor of the Imperial Opera St-Petersburg,...  more
  • 16
    Dec. at 82 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceFatezh, Russia

    NationalityRussia, Russian Empire

    Georgy Vasilyevich Sviridov (Russian: Гео́ргий Васи́льевич Свири́дов; his patronymic is also transliterated Vasil'yevich, Vasilievich, and Vasil'evich) (16 December 1915 – 6 January 1998) was a...  more
  • 17

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Grigory Lipmanovich Sokolov (Russian: Григо́рий Ли́пманович Соколо́в) born April 18, 1950, is a Russian concert pianist. He is among the most esteemed of living pianists , spanning composers from the...  more
  • 18
    Dec. at 88 (1882-1971)

    BirthplaceLomonosov, Russia

    NationalityFrance, United States of America, Russia

    Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (; Russian: И́горь Фёдорович Страви́нский, IPA: [ˈiɡərʲ ˈfʲɵdərəvʲɪtɕ strɐˈvʲinskʲɪj]; 17 June [O.S. 5 June] 1882 – 6 April 1971) was a Russian-born composer, pianist,...  more

    #138 of 525 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?#377 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#95 of 152 The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time

  • 19

    BirthplaceNizhny Novgorod, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Igor Mikhaylovich Zhukov (31 August 1936 – 26 January 2018) was a Russian pianist, conductor and sound engineer. Zhukov was born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1936 but his family moved to Moscow in the...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceBarnaul, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Konstantin Scherbakov (11 June 1963 in Barnaul, Siberia, Russian SFSR) is a Russian pianist. He was the winner of the first Rachmaninov Competition in 1983. In 1990, he played solo in four recitals...  more
  • 21

    BirthplaceChelyabinsk, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Lera Auerbach (Russian: Лера Авербах, born Valeria Lvovna Averbakh, Russian: Валерия Львовна Авербах; 21 October 1973, Chelyabinsk) is a Soviet-Russian-born American classical composer and pianist....  more
  • 22
    Age: 150

    NationalityRussia

    Lev Eduardovich Conus (Russian: Лев Эдуа́рдович Коню́с, Lev Eduárdovič Konyús), known in Western Europe and the US as Leon Conus (1871–1944), was a Russian pianist, music educator, and composer. A...  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Lilya Efimovna Zilberstein (Russian: Лилия Ефимовна Зильберштейн; born 19 April 1965) is a Russian pianist....  more
  • 24
    Dec. at 71 (1899-1970)

    BirthplaceNevel, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Maria Veniaminovna Yudina (Russian: Мари́я Вениами́новна Ю́дина, Mariya Veniaminovna Yudina; September 9 [O.S. August 28], 1899 – November 19, 1970) was a Soviet pianist....  more
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    Dec. at 81 (1879-1960)

    BirthplaceBoguchar, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Mark Hambourg (Russian: Марк Миха́йлович Гамбург, 1 June, 1879, Boguchar (Russian: Богуча́р, Ukrainian: Богуча́р), Voronezh Governorate – 26 August, 1960, Cambridge) was a Russian-British concert...  more