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

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533 159
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
400 126
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Józef Hofmann Classical Music

4
487 179
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

5
366 119
Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Bradley Scroggs added Oscar Peterson Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

6
258 132
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added William Kapell

7
253 144
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

8
91 26
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

9
248 150
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Mikhail Pletnev Classical Music

10
202 140
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time

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277 208
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

12
129 77
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

13
129 87
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Artur Schnabel Classical music

14
115 75
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alfred Cortot Classical music

15
109 71
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Walter Gieseking Classical music

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87 51
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

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83 48
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Solomon Cutner Classical Music

18
60 27
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Dinu Lipatti Classical music

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83 50
Sigismond Thalberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sigismond Thalberg Classical music

20
188 158
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Glenn Gould Classical music

21
113 84
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Claudio Arrau Classical music

22
169 142
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

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74 45
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Robert Casadesus Classical music

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73 44
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Byron Janis Classical Music

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65 37
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Julius Katchen Classical Music

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58 30
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

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172 148
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

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56 28
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Samson François

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83 56
Alicia Delarrocha is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alicia Delarrocha Classical Music

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77 50
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Edwin Fischer Classical music

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71 44
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Earl Wild Classical music

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83 60
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon Classical Music

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79 58
Myra Hess is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Myra Hess Classical music

34
39 15
José Iturbi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added José Iturbi Classical music

35
73 52
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added András Schiff Classical music

36
110 94
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

37
84 66
Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Georges Cziffra Classical music

38
119 105
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Evgeny Kissin Classical Music

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65 46
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Radu Lupu Classical music

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56 38
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Сергей Ильин added Denis Matsuev

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47 29
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added George Gershwin Opera, Musical theatre, Film score

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102 92
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Emil Gilels Classical music

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65 51
Jorge Bolet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Jorge Bolet Classical music

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41 24
Oscar Levant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Oscar Levant

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159 164
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Martha Argerich Classical music

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59 48
Clara Haskil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Clara Haskil Classical music

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41 28
Alexander Brailowsky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Alexander Brailowsky

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87 83
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Vladimir Ashkenazy Classical music

49
50 41
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Murray Perahia Classical music

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44 34
Lili Kraus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Lili Kraus