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LISZTS | Classical Musicians With Perfect Pitch (Part I)

By Jennifer Liu on August 17, 2017

Musicians are exceptionally attuned to their surroundings, so they say. Here are 12 composers, performers, conductors, and otherwise great musicians who were blessed (or cursed) with perfect pitch in their careers.

Inon Barnatan

Inon Barnatan (Photo: Marco Borggreve)
Inon Barnatan (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

Read up on it here.


Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez (Photo courtesy Philharmonie de Paris)
Pierre Boulez (Photo courtesy Philharmonie de Paris)

Read up on it here.


Glenn Gould

Glenn Gould (Photo: Don Hunstein)
Glenn Gould (Photo: Don Hunstein)

Read up on it here.


Marc-André Hamelin

Marc-André Hamelin (Photo: Fran Kaufman)
Marc-André Hamelin (Photo: Fran Kaufman)

Read up on it here.


Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma (Photo: Dale Wilcox)
Yo-Yo Ma (Photo: Dale Wilcox)

Read up on it here.


Lorin Maazel

Lorin Maazel (Photo: Chris Lee)
Lorin Maazel (Photo: Chris Lee)

“I’m afraid I have it, but there is a degree of highly developed relative pitch that is essentially the same thing.”

Read up on it here. 


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart
Mozart

Read up on it here.


Sviatoslav Richter

Sviatoslav Richter (Photo courtesy Sony Music Photo Archives)
Sviatoslav Richter (Photo courtesy Sony Music Photo Archives)

Richter revealed that his perfect pitch went out of tune in later life, calling the phenomenon “a disaster.” 

Read up on it here.


Arthur Rubenstein

Arthur Rubinstein (Photo courtesy Dutch National Archives)
Arthur Rubinstein (Photo courtesy Dutch National Archives)

“You see, I never had any false modesty. I was sure of myself. I had perfect pitch – indeed, I had everything necessary for a musician.”

Read up on it here.


Camille Saint-Saëns

Read up on it here.


Michael Tilson Thomas


Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman
Pinchas Zukerman

Read up on it here.

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Jennifer Liu

Jennifer Liu

Jennifer holds a master's degree in piano performance and is pursuing her degree in journalism at Carleton University. Previously, she lived for classical music in Toronto and Montreal.
Jennifer Liu
Jennifer Liu

Jennifer Liu

Jennifer holds a master's degree in piano performance and is pursuing her degree in journalism at Carleton University. Previously, she lived for classical music in Toronto and Montreal.
Jennifer Liu

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