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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.

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Aleksey Volodin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pianists from Russia
age 41
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 39
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 46
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
Dec. 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 39
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 47
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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 47
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 68
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
Dec. 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 82
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 55
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 45
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
Dec. 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 53
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
Dec. 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
Dec. at 81 (1879-1960)
Mark Hambourg was a Russian-British concert pianist.