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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1,208 173
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Stride, Jazz
2
1,130 356
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Opera, Art song, Chamber music
3
894 293
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
4
1,037 370
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
5
868 318
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
538 300
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
7
584 383
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added
8
540 349
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
9
567 371
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
10
403 269
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
11
377 249
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
12
338 218
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
13
308 194
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music
14
336 236
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music
15
446 334
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
16
216 130
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Classical music
17
256 168
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
18
225 141
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added
19
321 228
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
20
228 146
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
21
229 148
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music
22
323 238
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
23
148 80
Oscar Levant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added
24
249 178
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music
25
177 114
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music