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The Greatest Pianists of All Time 

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Updated July 17, 2020 60.2k votes 5.3k voters 37.8k views 143 items

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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Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Grigory Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Arturo Benedetti Michela... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
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Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time