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A pianist is a person who plays the piano.

A professional pianist can 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; for example, Sergei Rachmaninov, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, and Robert Schumann were all virtuoso pianists. 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, pianists have a wide variety of forms and styles to choose from, including jazz, classical music, and all sorts of popular music.

Well-known or influential classical pianists:

Well known popular music pianists :

Well known jazz pianists include:

Well known blues pianists include:

See the List of boogie woogie musicians for more blues players.

Well known country piano pickers include:

The Pianist is also a 2002 motion picture that tells the story about a Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman[?] during Nazi germany.

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