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A pianist is a person who plays the piano, either as an amateur or a professional.

A professional pianist can either perform solo pieces, play with an orchestra or smaller ensemble, or accompany one or more singers or solo instrumentalists.

A performing classical pianist usually starts playing piano at a very young age, some as early as three years old. Many well-known classical composers were able pianists themselves, i.e. Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann.Some pianists have special preferences as to which composer's music they play.

Most western forms of music (can) make use of the piano. Consequently a pianist has a wide variety of forms and styles to choose from, including jazz, boogie woogie, and all sorts of pop-music.

Wellknown classical pianists:

Martha Argerich
Claudio Arrau
Van Cliburn
Vasso Devetsi
Vladimir Feltsmann
Emil Gilels
Jacob Gimpel
Misha Goldstein
Glenn Gould
Lola Graham, Australian pianist
Friedrich Gulda
Gerard Hengeveld
Wilhelm Kempff
John Nakamatsu
Maria Joao Pires
Eduaro del Pueyo
Karl Richter
Hans Richter-Haaser
Arthur Rubinstein
Jean-Yves Thibaudet


Well known jazz pianists:

Harry Connick, Jr.
Bill Evans
Roland Hanna