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
821 132
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Stride, Jazz

2
791 256
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
600 190
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

4
712 276
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

5
563 220
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
373 257
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

7
364 250
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

8
232 139
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

9
144 66
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music

10
159 80
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

11
178 97
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

12
159 85
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

13
127 58
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

14
313 226
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

15
218 144
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

16
205 133
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

17
141 75
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music

18
167 100
Alicia Delarrocha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alicia Delarrocha Classical Music

19
143 78
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Classical music

20
294 220
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time

21
346 269
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

22
246 178
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

23
200 135
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

24
108 51
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

25
203 141
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

26
145 94
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

27
203 151
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

28
276 226
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

29
89 42
Oscar Levant is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

30
128 85
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

31
201 161
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

32
80 39
José Iturbi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Classical music

33
143 107
Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

34
125 92
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

35
351 336
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Opera, Romantic music, Art song

36
101 68
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Сергей Ильин added

37
110 80
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

38
135 111
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music

39
241 233
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

40
241 238
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Piano, Classical music

41
139 124
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

42
121 109
Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

43
124 114
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

44
85 72
Jorge Bolet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

45
137 136
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

46
92 83
Myra Hess is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

47
85 75
Maurizio Pollini is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
ayşe-öktem added

48
66 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
36 19
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
DaleMiller added Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

50
321 375
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Romantic music, Art song, Classical music