Best Pianists of All Time

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21 Artur Rubinstein

The best interpreter of classical music who even in his 80's was performing better than more youthful pianists. Without a doubt a top ten all-time pianist. Certainly, much more deserving than the entertainers listed here. They do not belong on this list. There were not pianists!

This guy's an interpreting genius! He should be in the top 10, at least.

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22 Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

McCa is better is then Lennon I'm every way! You people are dumb for saying McCa is worse than Lennon. McCa should be top 5. Billie Joel's really good, too.

23 Sviatoslav Richter

Richter--separating the superhuman from the great.

His playing abilities can only be compared to Horowitz and Rachmaninoff. He also had GREAT memorization and gave his heart to his music.

Huge repetoire, incredible technique along with great musicality. One of the greatest of all time.

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25 Lang Lang

CNN said he is the most famous classical artist of all times. Beating out Pavarotti. CNN also said he is more famous than The Beatles. Don't take my word for it. Search for CNN's Lang Lang online.

He is by far the best pianist today!

He is right next to Wolfgang Mozart & Beethoven

Lang Lang is actually not as astonishing virtuoso as his countrywoman Yuja Wang. Yuja Wang is truly the heir to Horowitz at the age of 27! She is the only person alive who can play the fiendishly difficult piano piece... Czittra's Polka. You can watch her play it on the viewing website. It's mind blowing.

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26 Glenn Gould Glenn Gould Glenn Herbert Gould was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century.

His performances suggest he attained a musical understanding nearly equal to some of the greatest composers. One of the greatest, worthy of top 10.

Many of his Bach fuges and preludes are perfect. His Liszt/Beethoven symphony nr.5 is the best piano repertoire of all time.

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27 Art Tatum

Listen to his rendition of Tiger Rag. Incredible technique.

Even his peers called him the best of all time in any style.

Art could play anything the rest of these people composed add his own improvisationin the middle and finish with whatever he started. The others could even keep up.

Listen to his music, and you might laugh at when you recall how you thought Billy Joel, Yiruma, or Yanni were the best pianists who ever lived.

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28 Yiruma

Definitely one of my favourites, everybody loves his works, he deserves to be in the top tens at least, or even the eleventh

YIRUMA ALL THE WAY! HE SHOULD BE #1! There is no doubt in my mind that Yiruma is the best pianist of all time.

Why isn't he even on the first page? He should be at least in the top ten...

I think he can paint with piano

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29 Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach

How have we all forgotten about the one who innovated it all? Look at pieces like Toccata and Fugue and My Jesus! Oh What Anguish and the intricate playing that went into them. This guy was know for using a stick in his mouth to hit extra keys after he had already used all of his fingers.

Its stupid to have bach here, he should be in top 3

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30 Martha Argerich

She's also hot (when she was younger of course)

She is a legendary pianist.

Why? She should be in the top 5!

31 Fazil Say

A Turkish pianist and composer born in Ankara, Turkey.

32 Liberace Liberace Władziu Valentino Liberace, mononymously known as Liberace, was an American pianist, singer, and actor.

Most enjoyable to listen to regardless of type of music. Brought the classics to the masses

The one to listen to for any child dreaming of becoming great on the piano in the 1950's.

Amazingly talented and a great entertainer!

One of the most talented pianist, and entertainer of all time.
Liberace was a showman that enjoyed his work, and was creative with his stage presense.

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33 Ferucco Busoni
34 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Tanzanian-born British singer with Persian ancestry, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. more.

He is mainly a singer but he has good piano skills - zxm

He is awesome I absolutely love him and I'm 10 wel I've loved him since I was 10

35 Vijay Venkatesh

Absolutely incredible pianist, I had the privilege of hearing him in cities across California. He will definitely become one of the legendary pianists of the 21st century.

Heavenly tone. Incredible poise and presence. My favorite pianist by far.

36 Emily Bear

I don't know how explain her amazing piano playing. I like to her style.

Shes just amazing, no words can discribe how well she plays the piano.

37 Claudio Arrau

He's extremely talented pianist

Definitively number 1!

A master

38 Ming Freeman

He is able to play any genre of music. In one week, I heard him play blues, rock and roll and accompany a Chinese harpist. Very talented and very versatile. Also, a very kind and gentle person.

Ming is, as Bette Midler sang, the "wind beneath the wings" of Yanni. The best pianists and keyboardist I have had the pleasure to hear in contemporary times.

39 Marc-andre Hamelin

A triumphant pioneer of old music and the new. Has recording in nearly every area of piano with very approachable musicality and an indisputably profound technical proficiency. He is nothing short of sheer perfection; he is elegant, powerful, subtle, explicit.

40 Yuja Wang

She is brilliant technically and artistically. She plays powerfully and softly and with great velocity. Truly gifted.

The greatest virtuoso since Horowitz. And even greater artistry.

The heir to Howowitz and Argerich in dexterity and virtuosity. She is already better than them with her artistry and BIG box office and sales.
She is one rich pianist at 27 as of this post in fall 2014.

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