Pianists

Pianists are the musicians who play the piano. The piano is a versatile musical instrument that can be played across several genres of Western music, and thus pianists prominently figure among the favourite musicians of not only the western countries, but also around the globe. Since piano is a keyboard instrument, many pianists are also skilled at playing other similar instruments such as harpsichord, synthesizers and organ. Pianists play a wide variety of music, ranging from classical to jazz and all types of popular music. Beethoven and Clementi were renowned pianists form the classical era while another much acclaimed musician, Mozart is considered to the world’ first “concert pianist”. Chopin and Liszt of the romantic era were accomplished pianists whose techniques continue to inspire the modern musician. Coming to the modern world, the Russian Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, counted among the top composers of the 20th century created several masterpieces across numerous musical genres. Contemporary American pianist Philip Aaberg though trained in classical music can effortlessly incorporate elements of jazz, rock and blues into his compositions while the German pianist Markus Burger has created a name for himself in New Age music. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous pianists from all over the world.

 1 Helen Reddy

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian, American

 2 Elton John

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
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.
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 3 Phil Collins

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

 4 Alicia Keys

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has been active in the music industry since the mid-1990s. Her debut album was a super hit and earned her five Grammy Awards. She is one of the best-selling artists in the United States and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. She is also known for her humanitarian work, philanthropy, and activism.

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 5 Mona Lisa

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 6 A. R. Rahman

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
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 7 Shawn Mendes

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Famous As: Singer & Songwriter
Birthdate: August 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian

Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes is known for catchy and soulful folk-pop songs. Stitches, Treat You Better, There's Nothing Holding Me Back, In My Blood, If I Can't Have You and Senorita are some of his popular and chartbuster songs. He was named by the Time Magazine in 2018 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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 8 Norah Jones

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 9 Nina Simone

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2003

Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Nina Simone was a pioneering recording artist whose career was characterized by improvisational genius and fits of outrage. Nina continues to be an important musician and has influenced several artists like Elton John, Adele, David Bowie, Madonna, and Aretha Franklin. She was also a civil rights activist.

 10 Aretha Franklin

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 2018

Widely regarded as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was a singer-songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Aretha was ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2010. Having sold over 75 million records, she is also one of the best-selling musicians ever.

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 11 Jerry Lee Lewis

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 29, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Four-time Grammy-winner Jerry Lee Lewis, nicknamed “The Killer,” is best known for his track Great Balls of Fire. A controversy surrounding his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra destroyed his career. Named to Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, he was also part of the Million Dollar Quartet.

 12 Joe Walsh

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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: November 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 13 John Williams

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

John Williams is an American composer, pianist, trombonist, and conductor. Widely considered the greatest film composer ever, John Williams has played a significant role in the American film industry by composing music for films, such as the Jurassic Park films, Star Wars saga, the Indiana Jones films, and Schindler's List. He has also influenced several other composers like Marcus Paus.

 14 Nikki Sixx

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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Nikki Sixx, the co-founder, songwriter, and bassist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, has also worked with side bands such as Sixx:A.M. Sixx owns a clothing line, has been part of radio shows such as Sixx Sense, and has written a bestselling memoir. He is also a talented photographer.

 15 Marques Houston

Marques Houston
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 16 Teddy Pendergrass

Teddy Pendergrass
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 13, 2010
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 17 Don Henley

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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Musician, Drummer, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 18 Steven Van Zandt

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Famous As: Actor, Musician, Screenwriter, Record producer, Disc jockey, Singer, Television actor, Guitarist, Pianist, Composer
Birthdate: November 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 19 Teddy Geiger

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 20 Roger Waters

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Famous As: Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Screenwriter, Singer, Pianist, Record producer
Birthdate: September 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
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 21 Waylon Jennings

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Famous As: Singers
Birthdate: June 15, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 13, 2002

 22 Toni Braxton

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Famous As: American R&B Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 23 Fiona Apple

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Pianist, Writer, Songwriter, Jazz musician
Birthdate: September 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 24 Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric Chopin
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 1, 1810
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Polish
Died: October 17, 1849

 25 Sufjan Stevens

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Oboist, Banjoist, Record producer, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: July 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 26 Christina Grimmie

Christina Grimmie
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 10, 2016

 27 Alicia Witt

Alicia Witt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 28 Simon Collins

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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: British

 29 Liberace

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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: May 16, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 4, 1987

 30 Debbie Gibson

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Actor, Composer, Film producer, Musician, Record producer, Pianist, Television actor
Birthdate: August 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 31 Trent Reznor

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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer
Birthdate: May 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 32 Joanna Newsom

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Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist
Birthdate: January 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 33 Johnny McDaid

Johnny McDaid
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Northern Irish

 34 Nick Cave

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian

 35 Bob Seger

Bob Seger
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Famous As: American singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 36 Brandon Flowers

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: June 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 37 Nat King Cole

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Famous As: Vocalist, Pianist
Birthdate: March 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: February 15, 1965

 38 Tori Amos

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Famous As: Musician and Singer
Birthdate: August 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 39 Ennio Morricone

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest film composers, Ennio Morricone was an Italian composer, orchestrator and conductor who scored music for over 500 films in his career spanning seven decades. Morricone covered a wide range of music styles and is best known for scores in the Dollar Trilogy and Once Upon a Time in the West.

 40 James Righton

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 41 Ike Turner

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Famous As: Guitarist, Pianist, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Bandleader, Conductor, Singer, Record producer
Birthdate: November 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: December 12, 2007

 42 Belinda Peregrín

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Pianist, Television actor, Model, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Spanish, Mexican

 43 Jack Antonoff

Jack Antonoff
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 44 Serj Tankian

Serj Tankian
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Lebanese, American

 45 Randy Newman

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Conductor, Musician, Screenwriter, Film score composer, Pianist, Journalist
Birthdate: November 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 46 Ross Lynch

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 29, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 47 Edward Heath

Edward Heath
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: July 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: July 17, 2005

 48 Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: April 1, 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American, Russian
Died: March 28, 1943

 49 Sarah McLachlan

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

 50 Harry Nilsson

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Pianist
Birthdate: June 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 15, 1994
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