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This category features video footage and audio recordings of great pianists of the later 19th century to the later 20th century from the great artists of the pre-WW2 era, like early Arrau and Horowitz, to the great artists who rose to prominence in the post-WW2 years, like Richter and Gilels, to more modern legends, like Gould. Learning about the lives of the great pianists throughout the later 19th and 20th centuries as well as listening to and studying their playing styles and recordings is fascinating and rewarding, which is indispensable to anyone aspiring to become a "well-rounded" pianist. The Well-Rounded Pianist encourages healthy forum discussions on the great pianists of the later 19th and 20th centuries! Below is a list of some of the great pianists (arranged chronologically according to birth dates) whose biographies, recordings, and interviews are made available to WRP members:  

  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1935-1921)

  • Teresa Carreño (1853-1917)
  • Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941)
  • Moriz Rosenthal (1862-1946)
  • Eugen d’Albert (1864-1932)
  • Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938)
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
  • Josef Lhévinne (1874-1944)
  • Josef Hofmann (1876-1957)
  • Alfred Cortot (1877-1962)
  • Olga Samaroff (1880-1948)
  • Myra Hess (1880-1965)
  • Rosina Lhévinne (1880-1976)
  • Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948)
  • Artur Schnabel (1882-1951)
  • Wilhelm Backhaus (1884-1969)
  • Edwin Fischer (1886-1960)
  • Artur Rubinstein (1887-1982)
  • Benno Moiseiwitsch (1890-1963)
  • Clara Haskill (1895-1960)
  • Walter Gieseking (1895-1956)
  • Wilhelm Kempff (1895-1991)
  • Maria Yudina (1899-1970)
  • Robert Casadesus (1899-1972)
  • Vladimir Sofronitsky (1901-1961)
  • Solomon (1902-1988)
  • Grigory Ginzburg (1903-1961)
  • Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989)
  • Claudio Arrau (1903-1991)
  • Rudolf Serkin (1903-1991)
  • Clifford Curzon (1907-1982)
  • Shura Cherkassky (1909-1995)
  • Nikita Magaloff (1912-1992)
  • Rudolf Firkušný (1912-1994)
  • Jorge Bolet (1914-1990)
  • Rosalyn Tureck (1914-2003)
  • Earl Wild (1915-2010)
  • Sviotaslav Richter (1915-1997)
  • Emil Gilels (1916-1985)
  • Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950)
  • György Cziffra (1921-1994)
  • William Kapell (1922-1953)
  • Abbey Simon (1922- )
  • Alicia de Larrocha (1923-2009)
  • Richard Farrell (1926-1958)
  • Julius Katchen (1926-1969)
  • Paul Badura-Skoda (1927- )
  • Jörg Demus (1928- )
  • Leon Fleischer (1928- )
  • Alexis Weissenberg (1929-2012)
  • Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000)
  • Ivan Moravec (1930-2015)
  • Alfred Brendel (1931- )
  • Glenn Gould (1932-1982)
  • Van Cliburn (1934-2013)
  • John Ogdon (1937-1989)
  • Vladimir Ashkenazy (1937- )
  • Steven Kovacevich (1940- )
  • Martha Argerich (1941- )
  • Maurizio Pollini (1942- )
  • Daniel Barenboim (1942- )
  • Nelson Freire (1944- )
  • Maria João Pires (1944- )
  • Radu Lupu (1945- )
  • Mitsuko Uchida (1948- )

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