Bands/Musicians The Greatest Pianists of All Time  

Ranker Music
28k votes 3.2k voters 29.2k views 133 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!
list ordered by

1
899 157
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Stride, Jazz

2
856 300
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
656 215
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

4
785 300
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

5
620 248
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
398 278
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

7
180 93
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music

8
265 168
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

9
403 289
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

10
245 153
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

11
153 76
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

12
205 123
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

13
330 237
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time

14
248 166
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

15
345 255
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

16
232 153
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

17
181 107
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

18
136 68
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

19
374 287
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

20
166 98
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Classical music

21
178 110
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

22
270 198
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

23
171 107
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

24
162 100
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music

25
228 165
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music