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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680 88
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Art Tatum Stride, Jazz

2
645 220
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
603 226
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

4
472 167
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Bradley Scroggs added Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

5
479 172
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Józef Hofmann Classical Music

6
313 189
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added William Kapell

7
290 201
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

8
156 87
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

9
285 215
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Mikhail Pletnev Classical Music

10
231 167
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time

11
315 244
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

12
184 129
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

13
152 102
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Artur Schnabel Classical music

14
204 154
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

15
136 93
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alfred Cortot Classical music

16
132 90
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Walter Gieseking Classical music

17
222 180
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Glenn Gould Classical music

18
133 93
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Claudio Arrau Classical music

19
193 156
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

20
102 67
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Solomon Cutner Classical Music

21
93 66
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time

22
127 104
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

23
91 66
Alicia Delarrocha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alicia Delarrocha Classical Music

24
87 62
Sigismond Thalberg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sigismond Thalberg Classical music

25
69 43
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Dinu Lipatti Classical music

26
134 113
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Evgeny Kissin Classical Music

27
80 55
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Byron Janis Classical Music

28
79 55
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Robert Casadesus Classical music

The Best Jazz Pianists in the World

29
63 38
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

30
185 173
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Martha Argerich Classical music

31
79 57
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Edwin Fischer Classical music

32
117 99
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Emil Gilels Classical music

33
82 62
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added András Schiff Classical music

34
72 52
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Earl Wild Classical music

35
85 67
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon Classical Music

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

36
91 74
Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Georges Cziffra Classical music

37
65 45
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Julius Katchen Classical Music

38
56 35
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Samson François

39
71 53
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Radu Lupu Classical music

40
101 87
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Vladimir Ashkenazy Classical music

41
56 38
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added George Gershwin Opera, Musical theatre, Film score

42
62 45
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Сергей Ильин added Denis Matsuev

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43
80 66
Myra Hess is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Myra Hess Classical music

44
40 23
José Iturbi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added José Iturbi Classical music

45
67 56
Jorge Bolet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Jorge Bolet Classical music

46
59 47
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Murray Perahia Classical music

47
82 79
Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Van Cliburn Classical music

48
62 55
Clara Haskil is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Clara Haskil Classical music

49
43 32
Oscar Levant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Oscar Levant

50
63 59
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added Maurizio Pollini