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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584 190
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
454 142
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Józef Hofmann Classical Music

4
553 193
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

5
424 139
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
297 153
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added William Kapell

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278 166
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

8
124 61
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
170 100
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

10
263 185
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Mikhail Pletnev Classical Music

11
287 213
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

12
208 144
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time

13
115 72
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Walter Gieseking Classical music

14
131 88
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Artur Schnabel Classical music

15
118 76
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alfred Cortot Classical music

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64 29
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Dinu Lipatti Classical music

17
85 50
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Solomon Cutner Classical Music

18
90 54
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

19
200 165
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Glenn Gould Classical music

20
86 53
Sigismond Thalberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sigismond Thalberg Classical music

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77 44
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Byron Janis Classical Music

22
177 145
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

23
115 86
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Claudio Arrau Classical music

24
60 30
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

25
175 149
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

26
75 46
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Robert Casadesus Classical music

27
65 37
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Julius Katchen Classical Music

28
84 57
Alicia Delarrocha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alicia Delarrocha Classical Music

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56 28
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Samson François

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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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77 53
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added András Schiff Classical music

33
115 94
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

34
83 60
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon Classical Music

35
87 66
Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Georges Cziffra Classical music

36
124 106
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Evgeny Kissin Classical Music

37
68 46
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Radu Lupu Classical music

38
39 15
José Iturbi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added José Iturbi Classical music

39
79 59
Myra Hess is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Myra Hess Classical music

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50 29
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added George Gershwin Opera, Musical theatre, Film score

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58 38
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Сергей Ильин added Denis Matsuev

42
107 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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66 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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162 165
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Martha Argerich Classical music

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54 41
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Murray Perahia Classical music

47
90 83
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Vladimir Ashkenazy Classical music

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

49
41 29
Alexander Brailowsky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Alexander Brailowsky

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64 57
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Marc-André Hamelin Classical Music