Women Pianists

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Throughout history, there have been many women pianists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female pianists such as Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Toni Braxton, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos.The women pianists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.
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 1 
Aretha Franklin
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists in the World & 'Queen of Soul')
Aretha Franklin
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Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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.

 2 
Toni Braxton
(One of the Best-Selling Female R&B Artist In History)
Toni Braxton
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Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Severn, Maryland, United States
Soul and R&B sensation Toni Braxton initially performed with her sisters in The Braxtons. She won three of her seven Grammys with her debut album. Known for her Billboard-charters such as Un-break My Heart, she also collaborated with Babyface, competed in Dancing with the Stars, and produced Braxton Family Values.
 3 
Fiona Apple
(Singer-songwriter)
Fiona Apple
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Birthdate: September 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, United States
 4 
Norah Jones
(One of the Best-Selling Jazz Artists & Daughter of Indian Sitarist and Composer Ravi Shankar)
Norah Jones
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Birthdate: March 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Norah Jones is an American singer, pianist, and songwriter. Having sold over 50 million records worldwide, Jones is one of the most successful and best-selling singers of her generation. She was ranked 60th on the artists of the 2000s decade list published by Billboard magazine. Norah Jones has won several prestigious awards including multiple Grammy Awards and Billboard Music Awards.

 5 
Alicia Witt
(Actress)
Alicia Witt
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Birthdate: August 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
 6 
Debbie Gibson
(Singer-songwriter, Actress)
Debbie Gibson
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Birthdate: August 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
 7 
Tori Amos
(Musician and Singer)
Tori Amos
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Birthdate: August 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newton
Alternative rock singer Tori Amos is known for her songs that highlight issues such as feminism. Amos was the youngest to win a music scholarship to the Peabody Institute. She performed with the group Y Kant Tori Read before going solo. She is associated with RAINN, a sexual abuse helpline. 
 8 
Teddy Geiger
(Musician)
Teddy Geiger
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Birthdate: September 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA
 9 
Marie Fredriksson
(Lead Vocalist of Pop Rock 'Duo Roxette')
Marie Fredriksson
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Birthdate: May 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Össjö, Sweden
Died: December 9, 2019

As one half of the Swedish pop rock duo Roxette (with Per Gessle), singer and songwriter Marie Fredriksson enjoyed international fame in the 1980s-1990s with albums like Look Sharp! and Joyride. Their single It Must Have Been Love was featured in the movie Pretty Woman. Earlier, in Sweden ,she had also enjoyed success as a solo artist releasing numerous albums.

 10 
Martha Argerich
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Birthdate: June 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
 11 
Vanessa Carlton
(Singer-Songwriter and Pianist Famous for Her Debut Single, 'A Thousand Miles')
Vanessa Carlton
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Birthdate: August 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milford, Pennsylvania, United States
Vanessa Carlton is known for her Billboard-charting debut single, A Thousand Miles, and her platinum-certified debut album, Be Not Nobody. Her album Rabbits on the Run was inspired by A Brief History of Time. The three-time Grammy nominee is also openly bisexual and married to Deer Tick member John McCauley.
 12 
Keren Peles
(Singer)
Keren Peles
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Birthdate: March 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yavne'el, Israel

Keren Peles is an Israeli pianist, singer-songwriter, and poet. Over the course of her songwriting career, Peles has contributed immensely to the success of other popular singers like Shiri Maimon and Miri Mesika by writing the lyrics of some of their hit songs. She has also found success as a singer as many of her albums have been certified gold.  

 13 
Rita Coolidge
(Musician)
Rita Coolidge
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Birthdate: May 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lafayette, Tennessee, United States
 14 
Diana Krall
(Jazz Pianist)
Diana Krall
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Birthdate: November 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Diana Krall is a Canadian jazz singer and pianist. With several gold and multi-platinum albums under her belt, Krall is regarded as one of the best-selling artists of her generation. In 2009, Billboard called her the second-greatest jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade. In 2004, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.

 15 
Amanda Palmer
(Singer, Street artist, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Playwright, Blogger, Songwriter)
Amanda Palmer
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Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
 16 
Oksana Grigorieva
(Russian Singer-songwriter and Pianist)
Oksana Grigorieva
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Birthdate: February 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saransk, Russia
Russian singer and pianist Oksana Grigorieva patented a method of teaching music to children in the U.S. She is best known for her track Un día llegará. She has been in the news for her bitter break-up with former partner Mel Gibson. She has worked with the Chernobyl Children's Project.
 17 
Joan Bennett Kennedy
(American musician)
Joan Bennett Kennedy
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Birthdate: September 2, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
 18 
Colbie Caillat
(Singer-songwriter)
Colbie Caillat
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Birthdate: May 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malibu, California, United States
 19 
Judith Durham
(Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist, Songwriter)
Judith Durham
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Birthdate: July 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Essendon

Judith Durham is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. In 1963, she became the lead singer of the popular folk-influenced pop quartet The Seekers, which became the first Australian pop band to achieve major sales and chart success in the United States and the United Kingdom. Her services to music earned her the title Victorian of the Year in 2015.

 20 
Amy Macdonald
(Singer-songwriter)
Amy Macdonald
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Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs, Scotland
 21 
Liz Phair
(Singer)
Liz Phair
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Birthdate: April 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, USA
 22 
Ève Curie
(Journalist and Pianist Best Known for Writing a Biography of Her Mother “Madame Curie”)
Ève Curie
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Birthdate: December 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 2007

French and American writer, journalist, and pianist Ève Curie was one of the daughters of scientists Marie Curie and Pierre Curie. She was the only one in the Curie family who did not choose a career in science. She authored her mother’s biography and was actively involved with UNICEF, helping women and children in developing countries.

 23 
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
 24 
Alison Sudol
(Actress)
Alison Sudol
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Birthdate: December 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA
 25 
Laura Nyro
(Songwriter)
Laura Nyro
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Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: April 8, 1997
 26 
Dinah Washington
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Birthdate: August 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Died: December 14, 1963
 27 
Yvonne Elliman
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Birthdate: December 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
 28 
Tarja Turunen
(Finnish Heavy Metal Singer-Songwriter & Co-Founder of the Symphonic Metal Band 'Nightwish')
Tarja Turunen
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Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kitee, Finland

Tarja Turunen is a Finnish singer-songwriter and an exponent of heavy metal. She is credited with co-founding the popular symphonic metal band Nightwish, where she peformed as the lead vocalist. The band's symphonic metal style, which was referred to as opera metal, inspired several other bands and performers.

 29 
Kate Robbins
(Actress)
Kate Robbins
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Birthdate: August 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Margate, Kent, England, UK
 30 
Phyllis Hyman
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Birthdate: July 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: June 30, 1995
 31 
Mia Zapata
(Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist)
Mia Zapata
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Birthdate: August 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 7, 1993
 32 
Toni Tennille
(Singer-songwriter)
Toni Tennille
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Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
 33 
Angela Marie DiFranco
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Birthdate: September 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
 34 
Jody Watley
(Singer)
Jody Watley
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Birthdate: January 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 35 
Ofra Haza
(Singer, Voice actor, Actor, Composer, Journalist, Pianist, Songwriter)
Ofra Haza
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Birthdate: November 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
Died: February 23, 2000

Ofra Haza was an Israeli actress and singer who achieved great popularity in the Western world where she came to be known as the Madonna of the East. An influential cultural figure in Israel, Ofra Haza played a major role in popularizing the Mizrahi culture. During her illustrious singing career, Haza earned several gold and platinum discs.

 36 
KT Tunstall
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Pianist)
KT Tunstall
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Birthdate: June 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh
 37 
Danielle Bradbery
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Birthdate: July 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: League City, Texas, United States
 38 
Khatia Buniatishvili
(Georgian-French Concert Pianist)
Khatia Buniatishvili
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Birthdate: June 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Batumi, Georgia

Khatia Buniatishvili is a Georgian-French pianist. Buniatishvili has been playing since the age of three and gave her first concert when she was just six years old. She then went on to play at an international stage at the age of 10. Buniatishvili is known for her association with Sony Classical, which has produced many of her solo piano albums.

 39 
Sophie B. Hawkins
(Singer-songwriter)
Sophie B. Hawkins
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Birthdate: November 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
 40 
Nadia Bjorlin
(Actress)
Nadia Bjorlin
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Birthdate: August 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, USA
 41 
Melody Gardot
(Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Singer, Composer, Pianist)
Melody Gardot
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Birthdate: February 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Jersey
 42 
Lari White
(Country Singers)
Lari White
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Birthdate: May 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dunedin, Florida, USA
Died: January 23, 2018
 43 
Mitsuko Uchida
(Classical pianist, conductor)
Mitsuko Uchida
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Birthdate: December 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Atami, Shizuoka, Japan
 44 
Lisa Coleman
(Musician)
Lisa Coleman
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Birthdate: August 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, United States
 45 
Lola Astanova
(Pianist)
Lola Astanova
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Birthdate: July 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
 46 
Maria João Pires
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Birthdate: July 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
 47 
Alana Haim
(Grammy Award for Album of the Year nomination for Women in Music Part III.)
Alana Haim
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Birthdate: December 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 48 
Andy Allo
(Actress, Singer)
Andy Allo
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Birthdate: January 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bamenda, Cameroon
 49 
Caroline Corr
(Musician)
Caroline Corr
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Birthdate: March 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dundalk
 50 
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.