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List of famous pianists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top pianists in the world? This includes the most prominent pianists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable pianists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic pianists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned pianists.

Elton John and Paul McCartney are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

From reputable, prominent, and well known pianists to the lesser known pianists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the pianist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous pianists ever?" and "What are the names of famous pianists?" then you're in the right place. (1557 items)
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Demetria Devonne Lovato ( lə-VAH-toh; born August 20, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She made her debut as a child actress on the children's television series Barney & ...more

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 ...more

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as bass player for the Beatles. His ...more

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Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Pianists
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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Ludwig van Beethoven ( (listen); German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːthoːfn̩] (listen); baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the ...more

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Pope Benedict XVI is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Pianists
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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the ...more

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Pianists
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Nick Jonas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Pianists
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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Pianists
William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man" after his first hit and signature song of the same ...more

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Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Amy Lynn Hartzler (née Lee; born December 13, 1981), known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock ...more

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Frédéric C... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Frédéric François Chopin (, also UK: , US: , French: [ʃɔpɛ̃], Polish: [ˈʂɔpɛn]; 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic ...more

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Chris Martin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Christopher Anthony John Martin (born 2 March 1977) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and philanthropist. He is the lead singer and co-founder of the rock band ...more

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Liberace is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Pianists
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Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, often known by his nickname, The Killer. He has been described as "rock & roll's first ...more

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Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Leonard Bernstein ( BURN-styne; August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated ...more

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Pianists
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Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. He recorded over one hundred songs that became hits ...more

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George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Pianists
George Gershwin (; born Jacob Bruskin Gershowitz, September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Among his ...more

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Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Pianists
(Achille) Claude Debussy (French: [aʃil klod dəbysi]; 22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was a French composer. He is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, although he vigorously ...more

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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Pianists
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Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Franz Peter Schubert (German: [ˈfʁant͡s ˈpeːtɐ ˈʃuːbɐt]; 31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Despite his short lifetime, ...more

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Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Pianists
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Christina Perri is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Pianists
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Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Pianists
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