Famous Pianists from Switzerland

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

Patrick Moraz and Frank Martin are included on this list along with many more.

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

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  • Clara Haskil
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    Clara Haskil (7 January 1895 – 7 December 1960) was a Romanian classical pianist, renowned as an interpreter of the classical and early romantic repertoire. She was particularly noted for her performances and recordings of Mozart. She was also noted as an interpreter of Beethoven, Schumann, and Scarlatti.
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1895-1960)
    • Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
  • Edwin Fischer (6 October 1886 – 24 January 1960) was a Swiss classical pianist and conductor. He is regarded as one of the great interpreters of J.S. Bach and (particularly) Mozart of the twentieth century.
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1886-1960)
    • Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
  • Frank Martin (15 September 1890 – 21 November 1974) was a Swiss composer, who lived a large part of his life in the Netherlands.
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1890-1974)
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Joachim Raff
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    Joseph Joachim Raff (27 May 1822 – 24 or 25 June 1882) was a German-Swiss composer, teacher and pianist.
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1822-1882)
    • Birthplace: Lachen, Switzerland
  • Patrick Philippe Moraz (born 24 June 1948) is a Swiss musician, film composer and songwriter best known for his tenures as keyboardist in the rock bands Yes and The Moody Blues. Born into a musical family, Moraz learned music at a young age and studied at the Lausanne Conservatory. He began a music career in the 1960s as a jazz musician, performing with his quartet and quintet that performed across Europe and won several awards. In 1969, he formed the short lived progressive rock group Mainhorse and started work scoring films. He formed Refugee in 1974 and recorded one album before he joined Yes of that year. Moraz stayed with them until 1976; during this time he started a solo career with ...more
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: Villars-Sainte-Croix, Switzerland
  • Paul Baumgartner
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    Paul Baumgartner

    Paul Baumgartner (21 July 1903 – 19 October 1976) was a Swiss pianist. Born in Altstätten, Switzerland, he studied piano and composition with Walter Braunfels in the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and with Eduard Erdmann in Köln where he subsequently taught. Fleeing from the rise of the Nazis he took up residence in Basel, in Switzerland again, where he taught in the conservatory. A fine pianist, he was one of the musicians who rallied around the cellist Casals and played in the first Casals festival. He recorded the Bach sonatas for viola da gamba with Casals. However, he is nowadays mainly remembered as a teacher, numbering among his pupils Alfred Brendel, Karl Engel, Arie ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1903-1976)
    • Birthplace: Altstätten, Switzerland