Famous British Pianists

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 1 
Roger Waters
(Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Screenwriter, Singer, Pianist, Record producer)
Roger Waters
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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

 2 
Benjamin Britten
(Composer, conductor and pianist)
Benjamin Britten
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Birthdate: November 22, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lowestoft
Died: December 4, 1976
 3 
Tom Fletcher
(Musician)
Tom Fletcher
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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.
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 4 
Rick Wakeman
(Composer, Musician, Keyboardist, Songwriter, Pianist, Film score composer, Radio personality)
Rick Wakeman
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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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 5 
Keith Emerson
(Musician)
Keith Emerson
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Birthdate: November 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Todmorden, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Died: March 11, 2016
 6 
Jack Bruce
(Composer, Singer, Jazz musician, Diarist, Pianist, Songwriter)
Jack Bruce
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Birthdate: May 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs
Died: October 25, 2014
 7 
Elton John
(Singer, Pianist and Composer- One of the Best-Selling Artists of All Time)
Elton John
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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.
 8 
Amy Macdonald
(Singer-songwriter)
Amy Macdonald
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Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs, Scotland
 9 
Dhani Harrison
(Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist, Model)
Dhani Harrison
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Birthdate: August 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Windsor
 10 
Jack Savoretti
(Acoustic singer-songwriter whose debut album, Between The Minds, was released in 2006)
Jack Savoretti
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Birthdate: October 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
 11 
James McCartney
(Musician)
James McCartney
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Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK
 12 
Myleene Klass
(Singer, presenter who was a member of the pop band Hear'Say)
Myleene Klass
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Birthdate: April 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
 13 
David A. Stewart
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Birthdate: September 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sunderland, Tyne-and-Wear, England, UK
 14 
Peter Noone
(Singer-songwriter)
Peter Noone
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Birthdate: November 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manchester, England
 15 
Simon Collins
(Drummer, Pianist)
Simon Collins
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Birthdate: September 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
 16 
Declan McKenna
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Birthdate: December 24, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Enfield, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
 17 
Kate Robbins
(Actress)
Kate Robbins
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Birthdate: August 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Margate, Kent, England, UK
 18 
James Righton
(Musician)
James Righton
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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.

 19 
Chris Lowe
(Musician)
Chris Lowe
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Birthdate: October 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
 20 
Jools Holland
(Musician, Composer, Pianist, Bandleader)
Jools Holland
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Birthdate: January 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
 21 
Evgeny Kissin
(Pianist)
Evgeny Kissin
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Birthdate: October 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow
 22 
Tom Odell
(Singer-songwriter, Pianist)
Tom Odell
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Birthdate: November 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chichester
 23 
Mark Owen
(Singer)
Mark Owen
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Birthdate: January 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK
 24 
Tom Chaplin
(Musician)
Tom Chaplin
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Birthdate: March 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Battle, East Sussex, England, UK
 25 
KT Tunstall
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Pianist)
KT Tunstall
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Birthdate: June 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh
 26 
Roger Hodgson
(Musician)
Roger Hodgson
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Birthdate: March 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK
 27 
Marvin Humes
(Singer)
Marvin Humes
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Birthdate: March 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenwich, London, England, UK
 28 
Jon Lord
(Composer, pianist)
Jon Lord
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Birthdate: June 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leicester
Died: July 16, 2012
 29 
Anohni
(Musician)
Anohni
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Birthdate: October 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chichester, Sussex, England, nowrap United Kingdom
 30 
Andras Schiff
(Pianist)
Andras Schiff
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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.

 31 
Georg Solti
(Hungarian-British Orchestral and Operatic Conductor Who has appeared With Opera Companies in Munich, Frankfurt and London)
Georg Solti
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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.

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David Knopfler
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Birthdate: December 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
 33 
John Cale
(Welsh Musician, Composer and Founding Member of the American Rock Band 'The Velvet Underground')
John Cale
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Birthdate: March 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Garnant, Wales

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.

Reg Varney
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Stuart Adamson
(Singer-songwriter, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist)
Stuart Adamson
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Birthdate: April 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manchester
Died: December 16, 2001
 36 
Albert Lee
(Musician, Pianist, Singer, Guitarist)
Albert Lee
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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.

 37 
Lianne La Havas
(British Record Producer and Singer-Songwriter)
Lianne La Havas
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Birthdate: August 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

Lianne La Havas is a British record producer and singer-songwriter. Apart from releasing award-winning albums like Lianne La Havas and Is Your Love Big Enough, La Havas also headlines concert tours. Her work has received nominations for the prestigious Grammy Awards and Brit Awards.

 38 
Albert Hammond
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Birthdate: May 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, UK
 39 
Dan Smith
(Singer)
Dan Smith
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Birthdate: July 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
 40 
Mitsuko Uchida
(Classical pianist, conductor)
Mitsuko Uchida
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Birthdate: December 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Atami, Shizuoka, Japan
 41 
Brett Anderson
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Birthdate: September 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Haywards Heath, Sussex, England, UK
 42 
Bat for Lashes
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist)
Bat for Lashes
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Birthdate: October 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brighton
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Neil Innes
(Comedic Performer Known for Helping to Create the Avant-Garde Comedy Musical Group 'Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah' Band)
Neil Innes
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Birthdate: December 9, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Danbury, Essex, England
Died: December 29, 2019

The son of a British Army officer, comedian and musician Neil Innes had begun training in the piano and the guitar since childhood. Part of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band, he wrote the hit single I’m the Urban Spaceman. He is also remembered for his collaboration with the Monty Python team.

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Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy
(Lady-in-waiting, Pianist)
Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy
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Birthdate: October 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bieldside
Died: July 6, 1993
 45 
Stephen Hough
(Pianist)
Stephen Hough
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Birthdate: November 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Heswall, England
 46 
Georgie Fame
(Jazz musician, Pianist)
Georgie Fame
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Birthdate: June 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leigh
 47 
Russ Ballard
(Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist)
Russ Ballard
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Birthdate: October 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Waltham Cross
 48 
Rod Argent
(Musician)
Rod Argent
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Birthdate: June 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
 49 
Gabrielle Aplin
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Actor, Pianist)
Gabrielle Aplin
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Birthdate: October 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sutton Benger
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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
(Composer, Pianist, Conductor)
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
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Birthdate: August 15, 1875
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 1, 1912