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Famous Pianists from the United States

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

The list you're viewing is made up of American piano players like Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel.

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

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Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 26

Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

Demetria Devonne Lovato ( lə-VAH-toh; born August 20, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She made her debut as a child actress on the children's television series Barney & ...more

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Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 51

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Terrell

Eric Marlon Bishop (born December 13, 1967), known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, songwriter, record producer and comedian. For his portrayal of Ray Charles in the ...more

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 68

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Saginaw

Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music, ...more

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Nick Jonas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 26

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Nicholas Jerry Jonas (born September 16, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. Jonas began acting in theater at the age of seven, and released his debut single in 2002 which caught ...more

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 69

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man" after his first hit and signature song of the same ...more

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Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 37

Birthplace: USA, Riverside, California

Amy Lynn Hartzler (née Lee; born December 13, 1981), known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock ...more

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Liberace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Dec. at 68 (1919-1987)

Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America

Władziu Valentino Liberace (May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987) was an American pianist, singer and actor. A child prodigy born in Wisconsin to parents of Italian and Polish origin, Liberace ...more

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Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 83

Birthplace: Ferriday, Louisiana, United States of America

Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, often known by his nickname, The Killer. He has been described as "rock & roll's first ...more

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Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Dec. at 72 (1918-1990)

Birthplace: Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States of America

Leonard Bernstein ( BURN-styne; August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated ...more

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 76

Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer who co-founded the Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote ...more

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Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Dec. at 46 (1919-1965)

Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama

Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. He recorded over one hundred songs that became hits ...more

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George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Dec. at 39 (1898-1937)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

George Gershwin (; born Jacob Bruskin Gershowitz, September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Among his ...more

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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)

Birthplace: Lomonosov, 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, ...more

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Christina Perri is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 32

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Christina Judith Perri (born August 19, 1986) is an American singer and songwriter from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. After her debut single "Jar of Hearts" was featured on the ...more

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Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Dec. at 90 (1900-1990)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Aaron Copland (; November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later a conductor of his own and other American music. Copland was referred to ...more

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Percy Grainger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Dec. at 79 (1882-1961)

Birthplace: Brighton, Australia

Percy Aldridge Grainger (born George Percy Grainger; 8 July 1882 – 20 February 1961) was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist who lived in the United States from 1914 on and became ...more

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Samuel Barber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Dec. at 71 (1910-1981)

Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Samuel Osmond Barber II (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981) was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century; ...more

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Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Dec. at 79 (1934-2013)

Birthplace: USA, Shreveport, Louisiana

Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn Jr. (; July 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013) was an American pianist who, at the age of 23, achieved worldwide recognition when he won the inaugural ...more

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John Epperson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 63

Birthplace: Hazlehurst, Mississippi, United States of America

John Epperson (born April 24, 1955) is an American drag artist, actor, pianist, vocalist and writer who is mainly known for creating his stage character Lypsinka. As Lypsinka he lip-synchs to ...more

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Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 75

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Randall Stuart Newman (born November 28, 1943) is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer and pianist who is known for his distinctive voice, mordant (and often satirical) pop songs ...more

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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)

Birthplace: Semyonov, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia

Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff (Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов) (1 April [O.S. 20 March] 1873 – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor of the late Romantic ...more

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 86

Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States of America

Richard Wayne Penniman (December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020), known as Little Richard, was an American musician, singer and songwriter. Penniman influenced numerous singers and musicians across ...more

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Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 82

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an American composer. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th century. Glass's work has been described as minimal ...more

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Marié Digby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Age: 35

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Marié Christina Digby ( MAR-ee-AY; born April 16, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist known for her acoustic cover version of Rihanna's "Umbrella", ...more

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Jimmy Durante is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
Dec. at 87 (1893-1980)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

James Francis Durante ( də-RAN-tee, Italian: [duˈrante]; February 10, 1893 – January 29, 1980) was an American singer, pianist, comedian, and actor. His distinctive clipped gravelly speech, ...more

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