Famous British Pianists

Find out more about the greatest British Pianists, including Freddie Mercury, Elton John, George Martin, Reg Varney and Benjamin Britten.

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 1 Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stone Town, Tanzania
Died: November 24, 1991

Legendary singer, songwriter and lead vocalist of the British rock band, Queen, Frederick Bulsara adopted the name Freddie Mercury which aptly suits his on-stage vibrant and exuberant persona. A four-octave vocal range musician, Mercury owned every stage he set foot on as much with his vivid performance as with his superhuman voice modulation.  

 2 Roger Waters

Roger Waters
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Famous As: Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Screenwriter, Singer, Pianist, Record producer
Birthdate: September 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Surrey

Co-founder of the rock band, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters is celebrated singer, songwriter and composer. Beginning his career with rhythm guitar, he initially served solely as a bassist in Pink Floyd before emerging as their lyricist, co-lead vocalist, and conceptual leader. Later he left the group due to creative difference and embarked on his solo career, releasing numerous albums and singles

 3 Richard Wright (Musician)

Richard Wright (Musician)
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hatch End, Middlesex, England
Died: September 15, 2008

Richard Wright was an English musician. He is credited with co-founding the popular band ,Pink Floyd, for which he also served as a vocalist and keyboardist. Wright contributed immensely to the success of Pink Floyd and his distinctive keyboard playing was a key component of the music produced by the band.

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 4 Nadine Coyle

Nadine Coyle
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland, UK

Part of the award-winning girl band Girls Aloud, Irish singer-actor Nadine Coyle began her career with the show Popstars and later launched a solo career, with songs such as Go To Work. She has also been a model and has launched an Irish pub, which was later run by her family.

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 5 Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten
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Famous As: Composer, conductor and pianist
Birthdate: November 22, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lowestoft
Died: December 4, 1976

 6 Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London Borough of Harrow
Tom Fletcher, lead vocalist and guitarist of the band McFly, has also written for several artists and bands, such as Busted, One Direction, and The Vamps. A successful YouTube vlogger, too, he has documented and shared all three pregnancies of his wife, Giovanna. He has also written several children’s books.

 7 Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman
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Famous As: Composer, Musician, Keyboardist, Songwriter, Pianist, Film score composer, Radio personality
Birthdate: May 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perivale

One of the most popular rock keyboardists of the progressive rock genre, Rick Wakeman soared to fame as part of the band Yes and later had an equally successful solo career. He had ditched his initial dream of becoming a pianist to start his career as a session musician.

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 8 Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce
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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Jazz musician, Diarist, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs
Died: October 25, 2014

 9 Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Todmorden, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Died: March 11, 2016

 10 John Cale

John Cale
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Record producer, Actor, Lyricist, Musician, Autobiographer, Model, Film actor, Television actor, Music arranger, Experimental musician, Pianist, Film score composer
Birthdate: March 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Garnant

Experimental musician John Cale is best known as the co-founder of the rock band The Velvet Underground. The son of a coal miner father, he later developed a love for music that earned him a scholarship to the University of London. Prescribed opiates for his bronchial issues, he later struggled with addiction.

 11 Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs, Scotland

 12 Elton John

Elton John
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pinner, England
The supremely gifted English singer, songwriter, pianist and composer, Elton John has entertained music lovers globally since the 1970s. His phenomenal talent make him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Not to forget his tribute to Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind 1997, which till date is one of the best-selling singles in the UK and the US.

 13 Dhani Harrison

Dhani Harrison
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist, Model
Birthdate: August 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Windsor

 14 James McCartney

James McCartney
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 15 Jack Savoretti

Jack Savoretti
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Famous As: Acoustic singer-songwriter whose debut album, Between The Minds, was released in 2006
Birthdate: October 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

 16 Myleene Klass

Myleene Klass
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Famous As: Singer, presenter who was a member of the pop band Hear'Say
Birthdate: April 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom

 17 David A. Stewart

David A. Stewart
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sunderland, Tyne-and-Wear, England, UK

 18 Kate Robbins

Kate Robbins
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Margate, Kent, England, UK

 19 Anohni

Anohni
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chichester, Sussex, England, nowrap United Kingdom

 20 James Righton

James Righton
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: England

James Righton is an English musician credited with co-creating the new rave band Klaxons. Apart from releasing albums and singles, James Righton also works on creating music for films and theatre. In 2015, he scored music for a short film titled William. In 2018, he scored for a comedy-drama feature film titled Benjamin.

 21 Declan McKenna

Declan McKenna
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Enfield, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

 22 Jennifer Worth

Jennifer Worth
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: September 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England, UK
Died: May 31, 2011

 23 Peter Noone

Peter Noone
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manchester, England

 24 Tom Odell

Tom Odell
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Pianist
Birthdate: November 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chichester

 25 Simon Collins

Simon Collins
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Famous As: Drummer, Pianist
Birthdate: September 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

 26 Chris Lowe

Chris Lowe
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

 27 Jools Holland

Jools Holland
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Famous As: Musician, Composer, Pianist, Bandleader
Birthdate: January 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London

 28 Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clifton, Nottingham, England

Jake Bugg is an English singer, musician, and songwriter. His self-titled debut studio album peaked at number one on the Official Albums Chart in the UK and was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Jake Bugg has also won many prestigious awards like the Silver Clef Award, NME Award, Japan Gold Disc Award, and Q Award.  

 29 Nick Rhodes

Nick Rhodes
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moseley, Birmingham, England

 30 Mark Owen

Mark Owen
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK

 31 Max Richter

Max Richter
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamelin, Germany

German-born British composer Max Richter is known for his experiments with classical music, which he often mingles with contemporary electronica. Apart from performing at sold-out concerts at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, he has also composed for shows such as Black Mirror and Taboo and films such as Hostiles.

 32 Evgeny Kissin

Evgeny Kissin
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: October 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow

 33 Roger Hodgson

Roger Hodgson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK

 34 Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Songwriter, Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

 35 KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: June 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh

 36 Marvin Humes

Marvin Humes
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenwich, London, England, UK

 37 Jon Lord

Jon Lord
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Famous As: Composer, pianist
Birthdate: June 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leicester
Died: July 16, 2012

 38 Tom Chaplin

Tom Chaplin
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Battle, East Sussex, England, UK

 39 Andras Schiff

Andras Schiff
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: December 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Born to Holocaust survivors, Hungarian-born pianist Andras Schiff began learning the piano at age 5. He is now best known for his interpretations of legends such as of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. His numerous awards include a Grammy. He was also knighted for his achievements.

 40 Albert Hammond

Albert Hammond
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 41 Reg Varney

Reg Varney
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 42 Albert Lee

Albert Lee
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Famous As: Musician, Pianist, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: December 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leominster

Albert Lee is an English guitarist best known for his hybrid picking and fingerstyle technique. Renowned for his technical virtuosity and his speed of playing, Lee was named the Best Country Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine on five consecutive occasions. At the 2017 UK Americana Awards, Albert Lee was awarded the prestigious Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award.

 43 David Knopfler

David Knopfler
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

 44 Dan Smith

Dan Smith
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

 45 Stuart Adamson

Stuart Adamson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: April 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manchester
Died: December 16, 2001

 46 Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko Uchida
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Famous As: Classical pianist, conductor
Birthdate: December 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Atami, Shizuoka, Japan

 47 Georg Solti

Georg Solti
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: October 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: September 5, 1997

Georg Solti was an operatic and orchestral conductor. He is best remembered for his association with opera companies in London, Frankfurt, and Munich. He also worked with the popular Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he served as a music director for a long time. Solti became the subject of a 1987 biographical TV documentary titled This Is Your Life.

 48 Adnan Sami

Adnan Sami
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

Adnan Sami is an Indian musician, singer, pianist, and music composer. Best known for his skills as a piano player, Sami was named the world's fastest keyboard player by Keyboard magazine. He is also widely regarded as the first person to have played Indian classical music on the piano. In 2020, he was awarded India's fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri. 

 49 Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Haywards Heath, Sussex, England, UK

 50 Jeremy Spencer

Jeremy Spencer
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hartlepool, County Durham, England