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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944 164
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Stride, Jazz

2
899 300
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
686 228
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

4
811 320
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

5
661 250
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
420 300
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

7
356 244
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time

8
222 130
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

9
279 180
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

10
410 295
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

11
258 163
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

12
191 107
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music

13
397 290
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

14
263 173
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

15
247 160
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

16
151 75
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

17
164 87
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

18
357 268
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

19
190 119
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

20
189 120
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

21
123 60
Oscar Levant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

22
174 110
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Classical music

23
244 178
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

24
278 211
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

25
322 255
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music