10 YouTube Piano Players to Inspire You

Charmaine Li  /  Profiles / Apr 27

Sometimes, it helps to get inspired by the best. Thanks to the internet, we can watch some of the best piano players anytime we want.

If you’re like us and like to nerd out on all things piano, many piano YouTubers also put out educational content all for free.

When you need a little inspiration, check out these ten awesome piano players on YouTube—both established and up-and-comers, ranked in no particular order.

#10. Rousseau

A prolific YouTube pianist who churns out videos twice a week, Rousseau pairs popular piano classics with a colorful visualizer that shows just how crazy some of the piano’s most popular compositions are. Rousseau also packages together the most challenging pieces, the most relaxing pieces, and other compilations for your listening pleasure.

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#9. Lord Vinheteiro

With over six million subscribers, Lord Vinheteiro’s unique blend of deadpan comedy and music will have you in stitches. He has a diverse repertoire that includes classical music, video game soundtracks, film scores, and more. Vinheteiro also makes informative videos testing cheap and expensive pianos, or whether humans or computers can play faster.

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#8. Charles Cornell

Charles Cornell not only performs incredibly creative jazz; he explains why good music is so, well, good. From deciphering what makes the Minecraft soundtrack so loveable to breaking down Studio Ghibli’s most adored hits, Charles guarantees hours of infotainment for music lovers of all levels.

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#7. Sangha Noona

Another skilled jazz pianist, the first thing you’ll notice about Sangha Noona is her smile. This performer LOVES to play, and her joy is infectious. Check out her channel for creative improvisations on jazz standards, pop covers, and relaxing lounge performances.

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#6. Tokio Myers

Londoner Tokio Myers rose to fame after winning Britain’s Got Talent. Having grown up in a rough area, he credits the piano for keeping him out of trouble. Tokio creates original songs by mixing classical inspirations and modern beats, and his performances are breathtaking. Prepare to be inspired by a pianist who is truly passionate about what he does.

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#5. Valentina Lisitsa

Classical virtuoso Valentina Lisitsa jumpstarted her music career on YouTube. Since then, she’s performed impressive and dramatic repertoire by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and the greats, making some of the most technically difficult pieces look as easy as breathing.

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#4. vkgoeswild

When Viktoriya’s parents discovered she had perfect pitch and natural talent, they quickly enrolled her in intensive musical training. Later, she discovered rock and made it a safe space to express herself. Since then, Viktoriya has posted numerous rock covers on YouTube.

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#3. Seth Everman

Seth Everman creates short, entertaining videos with his wide-ranging synth skills. While many synth channels focus on gear, Seth shows viewers the neat stuff you can do with that gear. His deadpan rendition of “bad guy”—using a synth, a couch, and a dish-scrubber among other household items—is understated yet hilarious.

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#2. Cateen

In Cateen‘s Twinkle Twinkle arrangement, the 25-year-old Japanese pianist takes listeners on a tour through seven different music styles, such as Mozartean, ragtime, impressionist, and Liszt-level virtuosic. Check out his other work, which often pairs the piano with other instruments (like a toy piano) for an extra whimsical sound.

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#1. Nahre Sol

Classical pianist and composer Nahre Sol delivers mind-blowing videos about the art of composition. If you’re interested in music styles and the engineering genius behind history’s greatest composers, this channel is for you. Nahre Sol has also done thought-provoking yet easily understandable mini-documentaries with PBS and WIRED. These videos further explain what it takes to be one of the best piano players.

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These are all pianists we love, but there are probably more awesome keyboard players out there. Go forth and explore!

Charmaine Li is a Vancouver writer who has played piano for over 20 years. She holds an Associate diploma (ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music and loves writing about the ways in which music—and music learning—affects the human experience. Charmaine manages The Note.

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