Future pianists begin normally quite early with that piano plays, some already at the age of three years. Many well-known classical composers were excellent, virtuose pianists, as for example Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann and Sergei Wassiljewitsch Rachmaninow.
Some pianists specialize in the works of fewer composers, then is for example Glenn Gould particularly for his brook - interpretations, Alfred Brendel as an interpreter of the Viennese classical period admits.
A detailed list of famous pianists are in the list of pianists.
See also: The pianist (film, 2002)