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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869 149
Art Tatum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Stride, Jazz

2
832 288
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Opera, Art song, Chamber music

3
635 208
Józef Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

4
753 295
Vladimir Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

5
596 239
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
386 269
Wilhelm Backhaus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

7
254 158
Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

8
167 84
Rudolf Serkin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
markuka85 added Classical music

9
198 112
Solomon Cutner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

10
232 142
Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

11
390 281
William Kapell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

12
145 67
Julius Katchen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

13
339 242
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

14
224 142
Walter Gieseking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

15
173 98
Robert Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

16
173 101
Byron Janis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

17
235 158
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Tom Islava added Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

18
315 232
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time

19
128 61
Samson François is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added

20
264 189
Leopold Godowsky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

21
157 91
Radu Lupu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
gnicholls added Classical music

22
158 92
Dinu Lipatti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
John Jozwiak added Classical music

23
165 100
Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music

24
362 285
Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical Music

25
149 90
Earl Wild is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pianists of All Time
Classical music