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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1,053 357
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Opera, Art song, Chamber music
2
469 180
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
3
483 188
Ignaz Friedman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
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958 451
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Guest added Classical music
5
755 399
Arcadi Volodos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
sander-dahlberg added Classical music
6
421 220
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added
7
386 227
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music
8
624 400
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music
9
394 235
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added Classical music
10
378 225
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music
11
145 55
Moriz Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music
12
651 455
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
13
267 160
Josef Lhévinne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music
14
126 51
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
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15
329 213
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added Classical music
16
345 227
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added Classical music
17
570 409
Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added
18
315 208
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music
19
359 260
Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Opera, Chamber music
20
148 84
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
MarkTaylor1 added Opera, Chamber music, Classical music
21
671 526
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
Classical music
22
177 110
Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Opera, Chamber music, 20th-century classical music
23
490 374
Ervin Nyiregyházi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
iub92564 added
24
200 130
Benno Moiseiwitsch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music
25
256 178
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time
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