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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!
list ordered by
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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Stride, Jazz
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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Opera, Art song, Chamber music
3
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
4
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
5
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
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
7
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added
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Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
9
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
10
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
11
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music
12
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
13
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
14
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
15
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music
16
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
17
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
18
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Opera, Romantic music, Art song
19
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
20
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
21
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
22
Myra Hess is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
23
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
24
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added
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Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Classical music