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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678 76
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

2
634 215
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
598 220
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

4
469 159
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Bradley Scroggs added Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

5
478 167
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Józef Hofmann Classical Music

6
312 183
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added William Kapell

7
155 80
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

8
290 197
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

9
284 211
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Mikhail Pletnev Classical Music

10
230 163
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time

11
184 127
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

12
308 243
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

13
152 100
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Artur Schnabel Classical music

14
135 91
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alfred Cortot Classical music

The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

15
199 153
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

16
131 88
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Walter Gieseking Classical music

17
219 176
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Glenn Gould Classical music

18
130 91
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Claudio Arrau Classical music

19
102 65
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Solomon Cutner Classical Music

20
189 154
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

21
93 63
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

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69 40
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Dinu Lipatti Classical music

23
87 59
Sigismond Thalberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sigismond Thalberg Classical music

24
127 101
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

25
80 52
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Byron Janis Classical Music

26
79 52
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Robert Casadesus Classical music

27
87 62
Alicia Delarrocha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alicia Delarrocha Classical Music

28
61 35
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

29
131 111
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Evgeny Kissin Classical Music

30
78 55
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Edwin Fischer Classical music

31
71 49
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Earl Wild Classical music

32
56 33
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Samson François

33
65 43
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Julius Katchen Classical Music

34
113 97
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Emil Gilels Classical music

35
84 65
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon Classical Music

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36
90 72
Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Georges Cziffra Classical music

37
178 170
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Martha Argerich Classical music

38
78 59
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added András Schiff Classical music

39
70 51
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Radu Lupu Classical music

40
55 36
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

41
79 64
Myra Hess is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Myra Hess Classical music

42
61 44
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Сергей Ильин added Denis Matsuev

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97 86
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Vladimir Ashkenazy Classical music

44
40 21
José Iturbi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added José Iturbi Classical music

45
66 54
Jorge Bolet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Jorge Bolet Classical music

46
8 0
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
DaleMiller added Thelonious Monk Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

47
57 45
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Murray Perahia Classical music

48
42 30
Oscar Levant is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Oscar Levant

49
61 53
Clara Haskil is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Clara Haskil Classical music

50
78 77
Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Van Cliburn Classical music