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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1,119 170
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Stride, Jazz
2
1,073 321
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Opera, Art song, Chamber music
3
988 332
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
4
835 264
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
5
821 278
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
458 296
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
7
526 356
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added
8
480 323
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
9
360 229
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
10
504 349
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
11
260 158
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music
12
290 186
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
13
296 192
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
14
324 218
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
15
225 135
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
16
404 295
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
17
200 114
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added
18
298 206
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music
19
294 212
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
20
140 70
Oscar Levant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added
21
200 126
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
22
190 120
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Classical music
23
250 182
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
24
200 135
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
25
175 112
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music