Artists have been mastering the art of piano playing for over 300 years. There are so many different forms of piano playing, creating a diverse array of talent. Some prefer the classical genre in orchestras or concertos. Others like the more contemporary sound with digital pianos. For those taking up the grand piano in Boston, you’re in good company. Here are some of the most famous pianists throughout history.
Born and raised in Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a child prodigy. He had mastered the piano and keyboard by the age of five before securing a seat on the Salzburg court at the age of seventeen. Mozart completed over 600 works before his death at the age of 35.
Ludwig van Beethoven is a name everybody recognizes. Born in Germany in 1770, Beethoven was an integral part of leading music from the Classical to Romantic periods. Despite losing his hearing in 1798, Beethoven continued to compose music for the rest of his life.
Throughout his career, Liberace earned the nickname Mr. Showmanship. He lived flamboyantly and knew how to entertain a crowd. Raised by immigrant parents, Liberace showed a talent for piano from a young age just like the famous pianists before him. By the 1950’s, Liberace was the highest paid musician in the world.
4. Ray Charles
Fans called Ray Charles “The Genius” and “Brother Ray” throughout his career. Blind from the age of seven, Charles mastered the piano and went on to commercial and critical success. Ray Charles also started the soul music movement.
5. Elton John
Elton John has career longevity many other musicians don’t see. Over the past 50 years, Elton John sold over 300 million records. Born in London in 1947, Elton John grew up to be one of the best-selling music artists in the world, having performed the grand piano in Boston.
6. Mitsuko Uchida
Born in Japan, Mitsuko Uchida made a career for herself as a pianist and conductor. A naturalized British citizen, Uchida earned the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009 due to her success.
7. Billy Joel
The “Piano Man” himself, Billy Joel was born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island. Joel made himself a success through his piano abilities as well as composing and songwriting. With six Grammys under his belt, the Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Billy Joel in 1992.
8. Diana Krall
The first Canadian on this list, Diana Krall made success for herself through the piano and her contralto vocal stylings. Her contributions to jazz music earned her three Grammys and eight Juno awards. At only 53, Krall continues to make music today.
Whether you’re looking for a classical concerto or a grand piano in Boston, these eight artists have mastered the art. For those looking to follow in their footsteps, finds a quality grand piano in Boston. Contact Darrell’s Music Hall today or visit them online!