[kee-bawrd, -bohrd]
A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. Until the early 1960s musicians who played keyboards were generally classified as either pianists or organists. Since the mid-1960s, a plethora of new musical instruments with keyboards have come into common usage, requiring a more general term for a person who plays them. These keyboards include:

It became stylish among hard-rock enthusiasts and musicians to adopt an attitude of scorn and derision towards keyboardists and keyboard music. As an example, guitarist Ted Nugent goes hunting and shoots a keyboard in one of his DVDs. However, in general, the keyboardist has seen something of a resurgence in rock music in recent years, with bands like Maroon 5, Athlete and The Killers featuring keyboards prominently.

Notable electronic keyboardists

Note: while the term 'keyboardist' can cover a wide variety of instruments both acoustic and electronic, the following musicians are mostly known as electronic keyboardists, although they may also play piano or other acoustic keyboards.

Rock and pop

Vince Clarke (Erasure, Depeche Mode, Yazoo)
Brian Eno
Martin Gore (Depeche Mode)
Ralf Hütter (Kraftwerk, Organisation)
Jean Michel Jarre
Booker T. Jones
Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
Gary Numan
Billy Preston
Alan Price (The Animals)
Florian Schneider-Esleben (Kraftwerk)
Stevie Wonder
Richard Wright (Pink Floyd)
Rick Wakeman (Yes)


Generally speaking, in jazz music, electronic keyboard players are very often also pianists.

Chick Corea
Jan Hammer
Herbie Hancock
Keith Jarrett
Jimmy Smith
Josef Zawinul (Weather Report)


Wendy Carlos

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