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

2
621 207
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sergei Rachmaninoff Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
588 211
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Vladimir Horowitz Classical music

4
477 161
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Józef Hofmann Classical Music

5
457 154
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
310 178
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added William Kapell

7
151 75
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

8
290 191
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Wilhelm Backhaus Classical music

9
229 159
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time

10
281 207
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Mikhail Pletnev Classical Music

11
182 124
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Leopold Godowsky Classical music

12
150 97
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Artur Schnabel Classical music

13
297 241
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Franz Liszt Opera, Romantic music, Art song

14
130 84
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Walter Gieseking Classical music

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134 88
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alfred Cortot Classical music

16
102 61
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Solomon Cutner Classical Music

17
192 151
Sviatoslav Richter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sviatoslav Richter Piano, Classical music

18
127 89
Claudio Arrau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Claudio Arrau Classical music

19
210 171
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Glenn Gould Classical music

20
185 152
Arthur Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Arthur Rubinstein Classical music

21
93 60
Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Charles-Valentin Alkan Classical music

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87 57
Sigismond Thalberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sigismond Thalberg Classical music

23
68 38
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Dinu Lipatti Classical music

24
79 50
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Byron Janis Classical Music

25
79 50
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Robert Casadesus Classical music

26
124 99
Krystian Zimerman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Krystian Zimerman Classical music

27
61 33
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Rudolf Serkin Classical music

28
87 61
Alicia Delarrocha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Alicia Delarrocha Classical Music

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78 54
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Edwin Fischer Classical music

30
71 48
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Earl Wild Classical music

31
56 32
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Samson François

32
65 42
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Julius Katchen Classical Music

33
126 110
Evgeny Kissin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Evgeny Kissin Classical Music

34
78 58
András Schiff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added András Schiff Classical music

35
83 64
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon Classical Music

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89 71
Georges Cziffra is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Georges Cziffra Classical music

37
111 96
Emil Gilels is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Emil Gilels Classical music

38
69 50
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Radu Lupu Classical music

39
79 63
Myra Hess is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Myra Hess Classical music

40
40 19
José Iturbi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added José Iturbi Classical music

41
170 168
Martha Argerich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Martha Argerich Classical music

42
50 33
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added George Gershwin Opera, Musical theatre, Film score

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58 43
Denis Matsuev is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Сергей Ильин added Denis Matsuev

44
66 54
Jorge Bolet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Jorge Bolet Classical music

45
93 86
Vladimir Ashkenazy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Vladimir Ashkenazy Classical music

46
56 45
Murray Perahia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Murray Perahia Classical music

47
41 29
Oscar Levant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Oscar Levant

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60 53
Clara Haskil is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Clara Haskil Classical music

49
66 62
Marc-André Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Marc-André Hamelin Classical Music

50
76 76
Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Van Cliburn Classical music