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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.

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Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
age 26
Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato rose to prominence in the ...more
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Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
age 51
Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, comedian, writer, and producer. As an actor, his work in the 2004 Ray Charles biographical film Ray earned ...more
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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
age 68
Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of ...more
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Nick Jonas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
age 26
Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas is an American singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as one of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he formed with his brothers Kevin and Joe. The Jonas ...more
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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
age 69
William Martin "Billy" Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth ...more
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Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
age 37
Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist. She is co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence. She cites ...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)
Władziu Valentino Liberace, mononymously known as Liberace, was an American pianist and entertainer. A child prodigy and the first generation son of working class immigrants, Liberace's career ...more
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Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
age 83
Jerry Lee Lewis is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, who is often known by his nickname of The Killer and is often viewed as "rock & roll's first great wild ...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)
Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive ...more
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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
age 76
Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the rock band the Beach Boys.
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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)
Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft, baritone voice, ...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)
George Gershwin was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best-known ...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)
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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Christina Perri is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
age 32
Christina Judith Perri is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Philadelphia. Her debut single "Jar of Hearts" charted after it was featured on the Fox television show So You ...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)
Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style ...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)
Percy Aldridge Grainger was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist. In the course of a long and innovative career he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in British folk ...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)
Samuel Osmond Barber II was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century: music critic Donal Henahan stated ...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)
Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn, Jr., was an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958, at the age of 23, when he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano ...more
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John Epperson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
age 63
John Epperson is an American drag queen, actor, pianist, vocalist and writer who is mainly known for creating his stage character Lypsinka. As Lypsinka he lip-synchs to meticulously edited, ...more
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Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
age 75
Randall Stuart "Randy" Newman is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist who is known for his distinctive voice, mordant pop songs, and for film scores. Since ...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)
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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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
age 86
Richard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name Little Richard, is an American recording artist, songwriter, and musician. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more ...more
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Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pianists from the United States
age 82
Philip Morris Glass is an American composer. He is considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century. His music is also often controversially 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
Marié Christina Digby is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and actress. She is known for her acoustic cover version of Rihanna's "Umbrella", which attracted ...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)
James Francis "Jimmy" Durante was an American singer, pianist, comedian, and actor. His distinctive clipped gravelly speech, New York accent, comic language butchery, jazz-influenced ...more