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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. 
  • Aleksey Volodin1

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Alexei Volodin (Russian: Алексей Володин; born 1977) is a Russian pianist. He was born in St....  more
  • Alexander Kobrin2

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Alexander Yevgenyevich Kobrin (Александр Кобрин, born 20 March 1980 in Moscow) is a Russian...  more
  • 3

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Alexander Melnikov may refer to: Alexander Melnikov (pianist) (born 1973), Russian...  more
  • Alexander Scriabin4

    Alexander Scriabin

    Dec. at 43 (1872-1915)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (; Russian: Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Скря́бин [ɐlʲɪˈksandr...  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceYoshkar-Ola, Russia

    Alexandre Moutouzkine is a Russian pianist. He is active through Europe and the USA. Alexandre...  more
  • 6

    Anatoly Nikolayevich Alexandrov

    Dec. at 94 (1888-1982)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Anatoly Nikolayevich Alexandrov (Russian: Анато́лий Никола́евич Алекса́ндров) (May 25, 1888...  more
  • Anton Arensky7

    Anton Arensky

    Dec. at 45 (1861-1906)

    BirthplaceNizhny Novgorod, Russia

    Anton Stepanovich Arensky (Russian: Анто́н Степа́нович Аре́нский; 12 July [O.S. 30 June] 1861...  more
  • Anton Rubinstein8

    Anton Rubinstein

    Dec. at 65 (1829-1894)


    Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein (Russian: Антон Григорьевич Рубинштейн, tr. Anton Grigor'evič...  more
  • Arcadi Volodos9

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Arcadi Volodos (Russian: Аркадий Аркадиевич Володось, Arkadij Arkadievich Volodos; born 24...  more
  • Arthur Friedheim10

    Arthur Friedheim

    Dec. at 73 (1859-1932)

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Arthur Friedheim (Russian: Артур Фридхайм, 26 October 1859 – 19 October 1932) was a...  more
  • Dmitri Shostakovich11

    Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dec. at 69 (1906-1975)

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (Russian: Дми́трий Дми́триевич Шостако́вич , tr. Dmitriy...  more

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  • Emil Gilels12

    Emil Gilels

    Age: Died at 69 (1916-1985)

    BirthplaceOdessa, Ukraine

    Emil Grigoryevich Gilels (Ukrainian: Емі́ль Григо́рович Гі́лельс; 19 October 1916 – 14 October...  more
  • Evgeny Kissin13

    BirthplaceRussia, Moscow

    Evgeny Igorevich Kissin (Russian: Евге́ний И́горевич Ки́син, romanized: Evgénij Ígorevič...  more
  • 14

    Evgeny Svetlanov

    Dec. at 74 (1928-2002)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Yevgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov (Russian: Евгéний Фёдорович Светлáнов; 6 September 1928 – 3 May...  more
  • Felix Blumenfeld15

    Felix Blumenfeld

    Dec. at 68 (1863-1931)


    Felix Mikhailovich Blumenfeld (Russian: Фе́ликс Миха́йлович Блуменфе́льд; 19 April 1863 [O.S....  more
  • Georgy Sviridov16

    Georgy Sviridov

    Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceFatezh, Russia

    Georgy Vasilyevich Sviridov (Russian: Гео́ргий Васи́льевич Свири́дов; his patronymic is also...  more
  • Grigory Sokolov17

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Grigory Lipmanovich Sokolov (Russian: Григо́рий Ли́пманович Соколо́в) born April 18, 1950, is...  more
  • Igor Stravinsky18

    Igor Stravinsky

    Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)

    BirthplaceLomonosov, Russia

    Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (; Russian: И́горь Фёдорович Страви́нский, IPA: [ˈiɡərʲ...  more

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  • Igor Zhukov19

    BirthplaceNizhny Novgorod, Russia

    Igor Mikhaylovich Zhukov (31 August 1936 – 26 January 2018) was a Russian pianist, conductor...  more
  • Konstantin Scherbakov20

    BirthplaceBarnaul, Russia

    Konstantin Scherbakov (11 June 1963 in Barnaul, Siberia, Russian SFSR) is a Russian pianist....  more
  • Lera Auerbach21

    BirthplaceEurasia, Chelyabinsk, Russia, Chelyabinsk Oblast

    Lera Auerbach (Russian: Лера Авербах, born Valeria Lvovna Averbakh, Russian: Валерия Львовна...  more
  • Lev Conus22

    Lev Conus

    Dec. at 73 (1871-1944)
    Lev Eduardovich Conus (Russian: Лев Эдуа́рдович Коню́с, Lev Eduárdovič Konyús), known in...  more
  • Lilya Zilberstein23

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Lilya Efimovna Zilberstein (Russian: Лилия Ефимовна Зильберштейн; born 19 April 1965) is a...  more
  • Maria Yudina24

    Maria Yudina

    Dec. at 71 (1899-1970)

    BirthplaceNevel, Russia

    Maria Veniaminovna Yudina (Russian: Мари́я Вениами́новна Ю́дина, Mariya Veniaminovna Yudina;...  more
  • Mark Hambourg25

    Mark Hambourg

    Dec. at 81 (1879-1960)

    BirthplaceBoguchar, Russia

    Mark Hambourg (Russian: Марк Миха́йлович Гамбург, 1 June, 1879, Boguchar (Russian: Богуча́р,...  more