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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.

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Aleksey Volodin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 40 Alexei Volodin 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, where he studied first with Irina ...more

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Alexander Kobrin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 38 Alexander Kobrin is a Russian pianist. At age five, he enrolled in the Gnessin Special School of Music in Moscow where his primary teacher was Tatiana Zelikman. When he turned eighteen, he ...more

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Alexander Melnikov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 45 Alexander Melnikov is a Russian pianist. Melnikov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Naumov. His most formative musical moments in Moscow include his early encounter with ...more

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Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 43 (1872-1915) Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin was a Russian composer and pianist. Scriabin, who was influenced by Frédéric Chopin, composed early works that are characterised by tonal language. ...more

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Alexandre Moutouzkine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 38 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

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Anatoly Nikolayevich Alexandro... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 94 (1888-1982) Anatoli Aleksandrov is a film score composer.

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Anton Arensky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 45 (1861-1906) Anton Stepanovich Arensky, was a Russian composer of Romantic classical music, a pianist and a professor of music.

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Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 65 (1829-1894) Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein was a Russian pianist, composer and conductor who became a pivotal figure in Russian culture when he founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He was the elder ...more

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Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 46 Arcadi Volodos is a Russian pianist. His first name is sometimes transliterated Arcady or Arkady.

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Arthur Friedheim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Arthur Friedheim Died at 73 (1859-1932) Arthur Friedheim was a Russian-born pianist, conductor and composer who was one of Franz Liszt's foremost pupils. One of Friedheim's students was Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn, the mother of ...more

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Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 69 (1906-1975) Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet ...more

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Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 69 (1916-1985) Emil Grigoryevich Gilels was a Soviet pianist, widely regarded one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.

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Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 46 Evgeny Igorevitch Kissin is a Russian–British–Israeli classical pianist. He first came to international fame as a child prodigy. He has been a British citizen since 2002 and an Israeli citizen ...more

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Evgeny Svetlanov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 74 (1928-2002) Yevgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov was a Russian conductor, composer and though less well-known, a pianist.

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Felix Blumenfeld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 68 (1863-1931) Felix Mikhailovich Blumenfeld was a Russian composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher. He was born in Kovalevka, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire, the son of Austrian Mikhail Frantsevich ...more

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Georgy Sviridov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 83 (1915-1998) Georgy Vasilyevich Sviridov was a Soviet neoromantic composer.

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Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 65 Grigory Lipmanovich Sokolov is a Russian concert pianist and is considered to be one of the greatest living pianists.

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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 89 (1882-1971) Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky's ...more

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Igor Zhukov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 81 Igor Mikhailovich Zhukov is a Russian pianist, conductor and sound engineer. Zhukov was born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1936 but his family moved to Moscow in the following year. Four years later, ...more

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Konstantin Scherbakov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 54 Konstantin Scherbakov is a Russian pianist. He was the winner of the first Rachmaninov Competition in 1983. In 1990, he played solo in four recitals at the Chamber Music Festival of Asolo; this ...more

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Lera Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 44 Lera Auerbach is a Russian-born American composer and pianist.

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Lev Conus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 73 (1871-1944) Lev Eduardovich Conus was a Russian pianist, music educator, and composer. A brother of the composers Georgi Conus and Julius Conus, he studied together with Sergei Rachmaninoff in Anton ...more

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Lilya Zilberstein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 52 Lilya Efimovna Zilberstein is a Russian pianist.

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Maria Yudina is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 71 (1899-1970) Maria Veniaminovna Yudina was an influential Soviet pianist.

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Mark Hambourg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 81 (1879-1960) Mark Hambourg was a Russian-British concert pianist.

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Maxim Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 79 Maxim Dmitrievich Shostakovich is a Russian conductor and pianist. He is the second child of Dmitri Shostakovich and Nina Varzar. Since 1975, he has conducted and popularised many of his ...more

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Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 58 Mikhail Vasilievich Pletnev is a Russian concert pianist, conductor, and composer.

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Mily Balakirev is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 73 (1837-1910) Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev was a Russian pianist, conductor and composer known today primarily for his work promoting musical nationalism and his encouragement of more famous Russian composers, ...more

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Nikita Magaloff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 80 (1912-1992) Nikita Magaloff was a Georgian-Russian pianist. He was born in Saint Petersburg to a Georgian noble family named Maghalashvili. Magaloff and his family left Russia in 1918 for Finland. His ...more

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Nikolai Demidenko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 62 Nikolai Anatolievich Demidenko is a Soviet-Russian-born classical pianist. Demidenko studied at the Moscow Gnessin School with Anna Kantor and at the Moscow Conservatoire under Dmitri Bashkirov. ...more

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Nikolai Lugansky is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 45 Nikolai Lugansky is a Russian pianist from Moscow. At the age of five, before he had even started to learn the piano, he learned a Beethoven piano sonata completely by ear and performed it from ...more

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Nikolai Medtner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 71 (1880-1951) Nikolai Karlovich Medtner was a Russian composer and pianist. A younger contemporary of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin, he wrote a substantial number of compositions, all of which ...more

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Nikolai Petrov is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 68 (1943-2011) Nikolai Arnoldovich Petrov was a Russian pianist. Petrov was born in Moscow, the son of the cellist Arnold Ferkelman and the grandson of the operatic bass Vasily Rodionovich Petrov, and began ...more

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Nikolai Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 46 (1835-1881) Nikolai Grigoryevich Rubinstein was a Russian pianist, conductor and composer. He was the younger brother of Anton Rubinstein and a close friend of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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Nikolai Tcherepnin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 72 (1873-1945) Nikolai Nikolayevich Tcherepnin was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He was born in Saint Petersburg and studied under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He ...more

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Rem Urasin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 42 Rem Urasin is a Russian pianist. In 1992 he won the Chopin Competition in Moscow; he has performed internationally since. From 1994-99 he was trained at the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Naumov. ...more

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Ruslan Sviridov is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 45 Ruslan Valentinovich Sviridov is a Russian pianist.

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Sergei Bortkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 75 (1877-1952) Sergei Bortkiewicz was a Romantic composer and pianist.

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Sergei Lyapunov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 65 (1859-1924) Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov was a Russian composer and pianist.

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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 70 (1873-1943) Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered as one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last ...more

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Sergei Slonimsky is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 85 Sergei Mikhailovich Slonimsky is a Russian and Soviet composer, pianist and musicologist.

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Sergei Taneyev is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 59 (1856-1915) Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev was a Russian composer, pianist, teacher of composition, music theorist and author.

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Sofya Gulyak is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Sofya Gulyak age 39 Sofya Gulyak is a Russian classical pianist. Gulyak studied at the Kazan State Conservatoire, Piano Academy Incontri col Maestro, and the Royal College of Music. In 2006 she won first prize in ...more

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Tikhon Khrennikov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 94 (1913-2007) Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov was a Russian and Soviet composer, pianist, leader of the Union of Soviet Composers, who was also known for his political activities. He wrote three symphonies, ...more

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V. Lobanov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 71 Vasily Pavlovich Lobanov also Vassily Lobanov is a Russian composer and pianist. Lobanov studied at the Moscow Conservatory from 1963 to 1971: piano with Lev Naumov and composition with Sergey ...more

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Vasily Safonov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 66 (1852-1918) Vasily Ilyich Safonov, also known as Wassily Safonoff, was a Russian pianist, teacher, conductor and composer. Vasily Safonov, or Safonoff as he was known in the West during his lifetime, was ...more

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Vladimir de Pachmann is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 85 (1848-1933) Vladimir von Pachmann or Pachman was a pianist of Russian-German ethnicity, especially noted for performing the works of Chopin, and also for his eccentric on-stage style.

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Vladimir Ovchinnikov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 60 Vladimir Pavlovich Ovchinnikov is a Russian pianist from Belebey, Bashkir ASSR. He is the only pianist ever to win the top prizes at both the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and ...more

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Vladimir Rebikov is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 54 (1866-1920) Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov was a late romantic 20th-century Russian composer and pianist.

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Yakov Zak is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
Died at 63 (1913-1976) Yakov Izrailevich Zak, Jiakov Israilevič Sak; Odessa, 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1913 – Moscow, 28 June 1976 was a Soviet pianist and teacher of Jewish extraction. Born in Odessa, Zak studied ...more