Bands/Musicians The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time  

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Classical music forever shaped the future of music. Most of contemporary music has influences from classical music in some way. Becoming a professional pianist is much more than just hitting the right note. It involves comprehensive music theory, having an ear for rhythm, and the passion for music that simply can't be taught.
 
The piano is one of the most powerful instruments in the music world. Classical composers like Bach and Beethoven used the piano to build the parts for all of the other instruments in their symphonies and other works. Who are the greatest classical pianists of all time?
 
This list features the all time greatest classical pianists, ranked by the community's votes and including Aaron Copland, Jacques Abram, Johann Sebastian Bach, Lang Lang, and George Frideric Handel. Vote up the best classical pianists below or add one you think is the greatest who isn't already on the list.
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1,053 352
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Opera, Art song, Chamber music
2
465 179
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
3
479 187
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
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4
953 451
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Guest added Classical music
5
750 399
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
sander-dahlberg added Classical music
6
416 220
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
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7
145 50
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music
8
383 225
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music
9
391 233
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added Classical music
10
619 400
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music
11
375 223
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music
12
646 455
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
13
262 160
Josef Lhévinne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music
14
122 50
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
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15
570 404
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
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16
342 225
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added Classical music
17
325 212
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added Classical music
18
310 208
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music
19
147 80
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
MarkTaylor1 added Opera, Chamber music, Classical music
20
176 106
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music
21
354 260
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Opera, Chamber music
22
486 373
Ervin Nyiregyházi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
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666 526
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Classical music
24
704 560
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Classical music
25
197 129
Benno Moiseiwitsch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music