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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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Oscar Levant is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added
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Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music
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Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
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Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
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Alicia Delarrocha is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alicia Delarrocha Classical Music
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Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
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Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
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José Iturbi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Classical music
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Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Сергей Ильин added
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Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
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Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
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Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
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András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music
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Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
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Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Piano, Classical music
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Jorge Bolet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
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André Watts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
BenjaminLatting added Classical music
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Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
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Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added
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Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
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Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
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Sir Clifford Michael Curzon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
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Alexander Brailowsky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Alexander Brailowsky
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Mieczysław Horszowski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added
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George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Opera, Musical theatre, Film score