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A pianist (pronounced /ˈpiːənɨst/ (PEE-ə-nist) is a musician who plays the piano. A professional pianist can perform solo pieces, play with an ensemble or orchestra, or accompany one or more singers, solo instrumentalists, or other performers.


Choice of genres

Most western forms of music can make use of the piano. Consequently, pianists have a wide variety of repertoire and styles to choose from, including

A performing classical pianist usually starts playing piano at a very young age.

A single listing of pianists in all genres would be impractical, given the multitude of musicians noted for their performances on the instrument. Below are links to lists of well-known or influential pianists divided by genres:

Classical composers

Many well-known classical composers were also virtuoso pianists, including Isaac Albéniz, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Béla Bartók, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Ferruccio Busoni, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev, Leonard Bernstein, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Anton Rubinstein, Robert Schumann, Alexander Scriabin, Dmitri Shostakovich and Carl Maria von Weber.

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