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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.

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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 "Demi" Lovato is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato rose to prominence in the ...more

Elton John is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...more

Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the ...more

Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, comedian, writer, and producer. As an actor, his work in the 2004 Ray Charles biographical film Ray earned ...more

Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and ...more

Pope Benedict XVI is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI served as pope of the Catholic Church from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope ...more

Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more

Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of ...more

Nick Jonas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas is an American singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as one of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he formed with his brothers Kevin and Joe. The Jonas ...more

Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Pianists
William Martin "Billy" Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth ...more

Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist. She is co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence. She cites ...more

Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Fryderyk Chopin is a film score composer.

Chris Martin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Christopher Anthony John "Chris" Martin is an English singer-songwriter, the lead vocalist, and co-founder of the band Coldplay.

Liberace is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Władziu Valentino Liberace, mononymously known as Liberace, was an American pianist and entertainer. A child prodigy and the first generation son of working class immigrants, Liberace's career ...more

Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Jerry Lee Lewis is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, who is often known by his nickname of The Killer and is often viewed as "rock & roll's first great wild ...more

Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive ...more

Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the rock band the Beach Boys.

Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft, baritone voice, ...more

George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Pianists
George Gershwin was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best-known ...more

Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Claude-Achille Debussy was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though he himself disliked the term when ...more

Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky's ...more

Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert 's life ended at 31 but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works, seven ...more

Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major ...more

Christina Perri is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Christina Judith Perri is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Philadelphia. Her debut single "Jar of Hearts" charted after it was featured on the Fox television show So You ...more

Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style ...more

Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. In his lifetime, Brahms's popularity and ...more

Percy Grainger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Percy Aldridge Grainger was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist. In the course of a long and innovative career he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in British folk ...more

Samuel Barber is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Samuel Osmond Barber II was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century: music critic Donal Henahan stated ...more

Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Franz Liszt is a film score composer.

Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including ...more

Van Cliburn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn, Jr., was an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958, at the age of 23, when he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano ...more

John Epperson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Pianists
John Epperson is an American drag queen, actor, pianist, vocalist and writer who is mainly known for creating his stage character Lypsinka. As Lypsinka he lip-synchs to meticulously edited, ...more

Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet ...more

Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Randall Stuart "Randy" Newman is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist who is known for his distinctive voice, mordant pop songs, and for film scores. Since ...more

Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to ...more

Francis Poulenc is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert ...more

Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Béla Viktor János Bartók was a Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Liszt are regarded as ...more

Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered as one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last ...more

Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Edvard Hagerup Grieg was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire ...more

Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Richard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name Little Richard, is an American recording artist, songwriter, and musician. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more ...more

Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Philip Morris Glass is an American composer. He is considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century. His music is also often controversially described as minimal ...more

Marié Digby is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Marié Christina Digby is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and actress. She is known for her acoustic cover version of Rihanna's "Umbrella", which attracted ...more

Josh Dolgin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Josh Dolgin, better known by his stage name Socalled, is a Canadian rapper and record producer, known for his eclectic mix of hip hop, klezmer, and other styles such as drum & bass and folk ...more

Jimmy Durante is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Pianists
James Francis "Jimmy" Durante was an American singer, pianist, comedian, and actor. His distinctive clipped gravelly speech, New York accent, comic language butchery, jazz-influenced ...more

Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, ...more

John Williams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Pianists
John Towner Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. In a career spanning over six decades, Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in ...more

Henry Cowell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Henry Cowell was an American composer, music theorist, pianist, teacher, publisher, and impresario. His contribution to the world of music was summed up by Virgil Thomson, writing in the early ...more

Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Glenn Herbert Gould was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the ...more

Enrique Granados is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Enrique Granados Campiña was a Spanish pianist and composer of classical music. His music is in a uniquely Spanish style and, as such, is representative of musical nationalism.

Helmut Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Pianists
Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt is a German Social Democratic politician who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. Prior to becoming Chancellor, he had served as Minister of ...more