Famous Pianists

Links to quick biographies famous pianists from the worlds of Classical, Jazz, Blues and Rock.

Famous Classical Pianists

JS Bach
Famous Baroque Era Pianists/Composers:

Johann Sebastian Bach
George Frederic Handel
Georg Philipp Telemann
Allesandro & Domenico Scarlatti
Jean Phillipe Rameau
Henry Purcell

Baroque Composers: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, Telemann, Rameau, Purcell

Famous Classical Era Pianists/Composers:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Josef Haydn
Muzio Clementi

Classical Period Composers: Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Clementi

Famous Romantic Era Pianists/Composers:

Felix Mendelssohn
Robert Schumann
Frederic Chopin
Franz Liszt
Robert Wagner
Johannes Brahms
Petr Tchaikovsky
Anton Dvorak
Edvard Grieg
Robert Strauss
Jean Sebelius

Romantic Period composers: Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Grieg, Strauss, Sibelius

Famous 20th Century Pianists/Composers:

Arnold Schoenberg
Charles Ives
Bela Bartok
Igor Stravinsky
Sergei Prokofiev
Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel

20th Century Composers: Schoenberg, Ives, Bartok, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Debussy, Ravel

Famous Jazz Pianists

Jelly Roll Morton
Famous Pianists of the Early Jazz Era:

Scott Joplin
Jelly Roll Morton

Early Jazz Pianists: Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton

Fats Waller
Famous Pianists of the Stride Piano Era:

James P. Johnson
Fats Waller
Willie "The Lion" Smith

Stride Piano Masters: James P. Johnson, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Fats Waller

Duke Ellington
Famous Pianists of the Swing Era:

Duke Ellington
Count Basie
Teddy Wilson
Earl "Fatha" Hines
Art Tatum

Swing Era Pianists: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Art Tatum

Bud Powell
Famous Be Bop Era Pianists:

Thelonious Monk
Bud Powell
Hank Jones

Be Bop Pianists: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Hank Jones

Horace Silver
Famous Hard Bop Era Pianists:

Horace Silver
Wynton Kelly
Bobby Timmons
Red Garland
Tommy Flanagan

Hard Bop Pianists: Horace Silver, Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons, Red Garland, Tommy Flanagan

Dave Brubeck
Famous Pianists of the Post Bop Era:

McCoy Tyner
Bill Evans
Herbie Hancock
George Shearing
Dave Brubeck
Keith Jarrett
Oscar Peterson

Post Bop Pianists

Eliane Elias
Famous Latin Jazz Pianists:

Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Michel Camillo
Eliane Elias
Chucho Valdez

Latin Jazz Pianists

Diana Krall
Famous Contemporary Jazz Pianists:

Chick Corea
Henri Butler
Geri Allen
Cyrus Chestnut
Benny Green
Marcus Roberts
Bill Charlap
Harry Connick, Jr.
Diana Krall

Contemporary Jazz Pianists

Famous Blues Pianists

Cow Cow Davenport
Famous Early Blues Pianists

George and Hersal Thomas
Clarence Williams
Cow Cow Davenport

Early blues pianists: George and Hersal Thomas, Clarence Williams, Cow Cow Davenport

Famous Boogie Woogie Pianists

Pinetop Smith
Albert Ammons
Meade Lux Lewis
Pete Johnson
Piano Red

Boogie woogie pianists: Pinetop Smith, Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson, Piano Red

Ray Charles
Famous Jump Blues Pianists

Charles Brown
Ray Charles
Amos Milburn
Jay McShann
Buddy Kohnson
Floyd Dixon
Lloyd Glenn

Jump blues pianists: Charles Brown, Ray Charles, Amos Milburn, Jay McShann, Buddy Johnson, Floyd Dixon, Lloyd Glenn

Dr. John
Famous New Orleans Blues Pianists

Professor Longhair
Tuts Washington
Huey Piano Smith
Dr. John
James Booker
Marcia Ball

New Orleans blues pianists: Professor Longhair, Tuts Washington, Huey Piano Smith, Dr. John, James Booker, Marcia Ball

Pinetop Perkins
Famous Chicago Blues Pianists

Jimmy Yancey
Big Maceo
Champion Jack Dupree
Memphis Slim
Otis Spann
Lafayette Leake
Roosevelt Sykes
Pinetop Perkins
Sunnyland Slim

Chicago blues pianists: Jimmy Yancey, Big Maceo, Champion Jack Dupree, Memphis Slim, Otis Spann, Lafayette Leake, Roosevelt Sykes, Pinetop Perkins, Sunnyland Slim

Famous Rock Pianists

Fats Domino
Famous Early Rock Pianists

Fats Domino
Little Richard
Jerry Lee Lewis
Huey "Piano" Smith
Johnnie Johnson

Early rock pianists:Fats Domino, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Huey "Piano" Smith, Johnnie Johnson

Famous 60's Rock Pianists

Allen Toussaint
Motown Pianists Joe Hunter & Earl Van Dyke
Booker T.
Aretha Franklin
Laura Nyro
Paul McCartney
Steve Winwood
Nicky Hopkins

60's rock pianists: Allen Toussaint, Motown pianists, Booker T., Aretha Franklin, Laura Nyro, Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Nicky Hopkins

Billy Joel
Famous 70's Rock Pianists

Carole King....

Leon Russell....

Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie....

Billy Preston....

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen....

Little Feat's Bill Payne....

Stevie Wonder....

The Allman Brother's and The Rolling Stone's Chuck Leavell....

Elton John....

Billy Joel....

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