Best Contemporary Pianists

The Top Ten Best Contemporary Pianists

1 Evgeny Kissin

That afro though

2 Daniil Trifonov
3 Martha Argerich
4 Maria Joao Pires

I'm new to classical music, so I can't really judge. But after listening to several interpretations of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, hers hooked me the most. Listen to The Tempest and Appassionata. They are so amazing that I almost felt ashamed not having discovered them earlier.

Another interesting story: she once rehearsed the wrong concerto and became thunderstruck when she heard the opening of another concerto playing. Yet she managed to pull herself together and play the right one on the spot all through her memory. Incredible!

5 Ivo Pogorelich
6 Vladimir Ashkenazy
7 Mikhail Pletnev
8 Krystian Zimerman

His playing is incredible with rich tones and emotion. His Chopin renditions would come next to Rubinstein's. He won the International Chopin Competition in 1975. Greatest Chopin interpreter alive.

9 Maksim Mrvica
10 Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

The Contenders

11 Daniel Barenboim
12 Maurizio Pollini
13 Yiruma
14 Chooka Parker
15 Ludovico Einaudi
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