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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794 129
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Stride, Jazz

2
778 235
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
578 186
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

4
692 269
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

5
541 218
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
363 249
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

7
354 242
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

8
221 130
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

9
310 210
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

10
216 131
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

11
130 64
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music

12
197 125
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

13
145 78
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

14
163 96
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

15
340 260
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

16
239 169
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

17
286 213
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time

18
191 128
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

19
144 84
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

20
194 132
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

21
113 56
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

22
132 74
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Classical music

23
128 72
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music

24
273 214
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

25
153 99
Alicia Delarrocha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alicia Delarrocha Classical Music

26
197 142
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

27
97 47
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

28
194 152
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

29
133 91
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

30
118 81
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

31
135 101
Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

32
77 40
Oscar Levant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

33
71 34
José Iturbi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Classical music

34
344 324
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

35
238 219
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

36
239 224
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Piano, Classical music

37
91 64
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Сергей Ильин added

38
112 91
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

39
99 77
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

40
123 108
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music

41
115 100
Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

42
128 121
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

43
117 109
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

44
84 72
Jorge Bolet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

45
92 83
Myra Hess is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

46
135 136
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

47
84 75
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added

48
65 55
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Opera, Musical theatre, Film score

49
94 94
Sigismond Thalberg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

50
87 86
Daniil Trifonov is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added