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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1
834 140
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Stride, Jazz

2
810 260
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
606 195
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

4
721 280
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

5
568 226
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Bradley Scroggs added Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

6
376 261
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

7
367 254
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

8
236 143
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

9
162 83
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

10
147 70
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music

11
181 100
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

12
130 60
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

13
161 90
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

14
318 232
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

15
223 147
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

16
209 136
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

17
148 81
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Classical music

18
300 222
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time

19
206 136
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

20
144 79
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music

21
351 270
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

22
250 180
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

23
112 52
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

24
168 105
Alicia Delarrocha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alicia Delarrocha Classical Music

25
206 146
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

26
288 227
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

27
148 96
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

28
208 155
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

29
93 43
Oscar Levant is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

30
132 87
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

31
208 164
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

32
83 40
José Iturbi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Classical music

33
148 110
Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

34
107 70
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Сергей Ильин added

35
356 338
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

36
115 82
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

37
126 94
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

38
141 112
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music

39
248 235
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

40
248 240
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Piano, Classical music

41
143 127
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

42
124 110
Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

43
127 116
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

44
144 138
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

45
86 73
Jorge Bolet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

46
88 76
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added

47
93 84
Myra Hess is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

48
39 20
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
DaleMiller added Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

49
93 87
Daniil Trifonov is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added

50
328 376
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music