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  • Pianist Ann Herlong to perform
    Charlotte Observer (subscription), NC -
    International award-winning pianist Ann Herlong will perform at 11:40 am Monday at Oakland Baptist Church, 1067 Oakland Ave. in Rock Hill. ...
  • Changes ahead for Cliburn competition
    Fort Worth Star Telegram (subscription), TX -
    ... Hopkins, who is a devoted amateur pianist -- and the owner of two Bosendorfer grand pianos -- follows in the footsteps of past piano-loving celebrity hosts ...
  • Pianist leads audience on musical discovery tour
    The Tennessean, TN -
    For years now, pianist Jerome Reed, who teaches at Lipscomb University, has been making some daring decisions in the music he chooses to perform. ...
    Richmond Times Dispatch, VA -
    ... AT UR - At University of Richmond: Shanghai Quartet with pianist Jeremy Denk in Dvorak, Janacek and Haydn, 3 pm today, Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center. ...
  • Detroit pianist Allen adds to UM's profile for jazz
    Ann Arbor News, MI -
    Pianist Geri Allen is the new face over at the University of Michigan School of Music, but she probably needs no introduction, especially to folks who have ...

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, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann, and Sergei Rachmaninov 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 pop music pianists : See List of jazz pianists

Well known blues pianists include:

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

Well known country piano pickers include:

Well known gospel or contemporary Christian pianists include: -----------

The Pianist is a 2002 motion picture that tells the story of how the Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman miraculously survived the Nazi Holocaust of 1939-1945.

The term pianist was used during the Second World War to designate a spy using radio or wireless telegraphy to keep in touch with headquarters.