The Ten Greatest Pianists of All Time

These types of lists show up on the internet from time to time.  I guess they are a bit silly, because it is (of course) impossible to narrow generations of pianists down to the “ten greatest.”  But, it’s fun to discuss these things, and it certainly gives food for thought about what makes certain musicians stand out above others.  I’ll go ahead and include the link to the article in this post, but in case the link eventually goes down – here is the list (chosen by several notable modern-day concert pianists).  I think it is a pretty predictable list, though I was surprised to not see Hoffmann, Lhevinne, Michelangeli, Serkin, and a few others.


Read the article here

10 – Artur Schnabel

9 – Wilhelm Kempff

8 – Alfred Brendel

7 – Glenn Gould

6 – Alfred Cortot

5 – Emil Gilels

4 – Artur Rubinstein

3 – Sviatoslav Richter

2 – Vladimir Horowitz

1 – Sergei Rachmaninov

I don’t think I could come up with my list of the ten greatest, but if I ever did, I’m sure that names like Friedman , Cliburn, Argerich, and Zimerman would be in there!  Rubinstein would be – without a doubt – in first place.  I think I will write about Rubinstein in my next post!


Please comment and let me know what you think of this list!

Comments 1

  1. This is an interesting list. I would have put Gould higher up cause he was so dominant at what he did, but that’s just me. Also, my name is indeed Alek Wasserman and I’m a piano performance major. Hopefully one day I’ll have a career like you and people will be able to tell us apart.

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