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Great Pianist - the worlds greatest piano players hr

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Vote for your favorite pianist in our "Great Pianist Poll".

  • Mose Alison
  • C.P.E. Bach
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Eubie Blake
  • Dave Bruebeck
  • Victor Borge'
  • Frederic Chopin
  • Keith Emerson
  • Bill Evans
  • Earl "Fatha" Hines
  • Vladimir Horowitz
  • Billy Joel
  • Liberace
  • Thelonius Monk
  • Art Tatum
  • David Helfgott.
    A little known man with astonishing talent. His interpretation and presentation of the Rach 3 is unmatched. So little recognition he receives, but so much he deserves. Shine.
    JB
  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) was the first American to gain world acclaim as a pianist and composer. He spent a lot of time touring the Americas and lived a remarkable, if short, life.
    Roger Hatch

  • My goodness, you forgot the propably best pianists all over the world, the incarnation of Paganini, it is Franz Liszt (1811-1886) !!!
    There are also Ignaz Paderewsi, Ignaz Friedmann, Granger
    Rainer Drath
  • I would like to add David Helfgott to your list, and recommend that everyone who visits your site goes out RIGHT NOW to see the movie "Shine", which I hope takes all the Oscars this year.
    - Chaya
  • Earl Wild, possibly the most under-rated virtouso of our time. What other pianist would be writing and playing such spectacular transcriptions at the ripe old age of 80?

    Marc-Andre Hamelin, today's Horowitz. In fact, he makes Horowitz look like an amateur. Listen to his rendition of Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto, transcribed by Alkan for one piano, with that absolutely horrific cadenza.
    Enough said.
    Van Cliburn, much maligned but undeniably talented in his prime. Made Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov household words across America.
    Manuel Rieder

  • You forgot EMIL GILELS, he is my favorite and role model as I am a pianist myself :)
    Jon T.

  • I should think that Patrick Moraz deserves a spot on your list. Why? Just listen to his 1994 release, "Windows of Time", available at Tower Records and most like stores.
    Carl Lumma

  • Donald Beattie is the most inovative and creative pianist in the country. He plays and teaches music as a "living language". He has taught hundreds the beauty of the piano.
    The Bismal
  • I think that David Lanz should be added to your list of great pianists. He is carried on the Narada label and his original works are excellent. Particularly the first piece that attracted me to his work - Cristofori's Dream.
    Mary Jo Taft
  • I believe Pascal Roge is one of the greatest pianist of French Music. His interpretation of Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, Saint-Saens and many other French composer are unprecedented. Check out his CDs (Decca) of Ravel and Debussy Piano Music, Poulenc and Saint-Saens Piano Concertos.
    Andrew James
  • Hororowitz called Walter Gieseking perhaps the greatest living pianist. At the ripe old age of 16, he had already memorized the complete works of Beethoven and by his mid-20s, all the works of Bach, Debussy and others.
    Jonathan Ackerman
  • David Evans was a superb jazz pianist. Although I am not sure what city he was from, he was an alumni of Southeastern Louisiana University, in Hammond, LA.
    M. Gail
  • Ray Charles: I don't believe WHY needs to be explained.
  • Glen Jenks, Camden, Maine: One of our country's active and exceptional Ragtime pianists.
  • Max Morath: Another MAMMOTH ragtime pianist
    Submitted by Richard Farina
    SXMK08E Prodigy


  • Glenn Gould
    Submitted by Tom
  • Nice pages you've got! I would really appreciate it if you add the jazz-pianist/keyboard player CHICK COREA to at the "great pianists" page. He has got a very good timing, and can improvise very well.
    Greetings from Holland, Paul.


  • I have three suggested entries for your "Great Pianists" list. If you appreciate exceptional technique, phrasing and creativity, and you enjoy jazz, it's hard to top Oscar Peterson. Also, I was quite surprised to hear the album, "Old Friends" with Andre Previn. It has some remarkable piano work on it -- especially Sweet Georgia Brown. My third suggested piano great is Billy Taylor. Check out his recent "Dr. T" record. Marvelous!
    David DeMuro
  • Never leave out the legendary Artur Rubinstein. He's the greatest!
    Hans
  • I would like to reccomend that you add a man named Joe Pulcifer to your list of great pianists. He can play any type music as best as it can be played.
    Jon Starkey

  • At the top of the list should be Josef Hofmann (1876-1957), who as a child prodigy rivalled Mozart, and was considered the greatest pianist of his time by Rachmaninoff, Horowitz and others. Many recordings of his are now being reissued on CD.
  • One of the greatest still living is Alicia Delarrocha.
    Larry Lobel

I hereby wish to recommend for your greatest pianist list a man who few will remember; possible a mere handful of admirers who during their lifetime had the distinct priviledge of hearing him play. He was borne into this world on June 4, 1918, and departed after 46 brief years on November 9, 1964. The Frankford section of Philadelphia was his home until moving to Wildwood, NJ, then Doylestown Pa. His favorite composers were Rachmaninoff and Liszt; and he played them with an unparelled fervor that transfixed the listener with awe. No stranger to the jazz world, he played at the famous Cherry Inn in Willow Grove Pa. and The Gobblers in Point Pleasant Pa. for Joe Butera's club. His style is to this day unmatched, and he remains in my mind and heart until I depart.
He was my father, Jack Karpel.
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