bands/musicians The Greatest Pianists of All Time  

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List Rules The best piano players in history. Vote up the best musicians who play the piano.

The piano is one of the most famous instruments in the entire world. Almost every composition from some of the greatest composers in early classical music featured this powerful instrument to strike the perfect chords. The piano is extremely versatile and unlike the guitar, cello, or violin the strings on the piano are located inside and played with the keys. Many musicians have some knowledge of the piano, even if it isn't their primary instrument. But who are the greatest pianists of all time?
 
Classical and Baroque periods of music history definitely increased the popularity of the piano and almost every genre of music in today’s culture also uses it! It’s no wonder that mastering the art of playing the piano is such a desirable goal. It is also an instrument that once learned, makes it easier to learn other instruments and is popular among young music students.
 
This list features the all time greatest piano players including, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Vote up the best pianists below and see where the musicians you think are the greatest of all time rank!
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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

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2
587 195
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
459 145
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Józef Hofmann Classical Music

4
556 197
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

5
429 142
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Bradley Scroggs added Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

6
300 158
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added William Kapell

7
280 172
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

8
128 65
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

9
173 105
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

10
266 190
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Mikhail Pletnev Classical Music

11
287 221
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

12
215 145
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time

13
116 79
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Walter Gieseking Classical music

14
138 89
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Artur Schnabel Classical music

15
120 81
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alfred Cortot Classical music

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65 35
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Dinu Lipatti Classical music

17
91 51
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Solomon Cutner Classical Music

18
90 55
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

19
200 167
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Glenn Gould Classical music

20
87 54
Sigismond Thalberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sigismond Thalberg Classical music

21
77 46
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Byron Janis Classical Music

22
177 147
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

23
116 87
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Claudio Arrau Classical music

24
60 31
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

25
175 150
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

26
76 47
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Robert Casadesus Classical music

27
65 38
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Julius Katchen Classical Music

28
84 58
Alicia Delarrocha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alicia Delarrocha Classical Music

29
56 29
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Samson François

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77 51
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Edwin Fischer Classical music

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71 45
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Earl Wild Classical music

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77 54
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added András Schiff Classical music

33
115 95
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

34
83 61
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon Classical Music

35
87 67
Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Georges Cziffra Classical music

36
124 107
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Evgeny Kissin Classical Music

37
68 47
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Radu Lupu Classical music

38
39 16
José Iturbi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added José Iturbi Classical music

39
79 60
Myra Hess is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Myra Hess Classical music

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50 30
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added George Gershwin Opera, Musical theatre, Film score

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58 39
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Сергей Ильин added Denis Matsuev

42
107 93
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Emil Gilels Classical music

43
66 52
Jorge Bolet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Jorge Bolet Classical music

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41 25
Oscar Levant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Oscar Levant

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162 166
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Martha Argerich Classical music

46
54 42
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Murray Perahia Classical music

47
90 84
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Vladimir Ashkenazy Classical music

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59 49
Clara Haskil is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Clara Haskil Classical music

49
41 30
Alexander Brailowsky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Alexander Brailowsky

50
64 58
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Marc-André Hamelin Classical Music