“Do you have perfect pitch, and if so, were you born with it ... or did you develop it?”
The Violin Channel recently caught up with 30+ of the world’s top string players to find out …
Russian-American Violin Soloist, Philippe Quint:
“Yes ... and ... definitely born with it!"
German-Japanese Concert Violinist, Arabella Steinbacher:
“When I was a child I used to play a game with my parents to correctly guess the piano keys ... so I guess I was probably born with it ...”
Canadian Violin Soloist, Lara St John:
“My brother and I were almost certainly born with it ... because we would get upset, even before we knew note names, like at age 2 and 3 … when someone would sing or play something in the wrong key”
VC Artist Dover Quartet Violist, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt:
“Yes ... I do have perfect pitch ... my mom realized when I was 5 years old and I would correct her if she sang 'Twinkle Twinkle' in a different key than how it sounded on my violin ..."
Dutch Violinist, Noa Wildschut:
“Yes, I do ... as far as I can remember I’ve had perfect pitch all my life ... but I’m not quite sure whether I was born with it or if I developed it when I was really young ..."
VC Artist Violinist, Paul Huang:
“I do have perfect pitch ... and as far as I can recall, I’ve always had perfect pitch”
VC Artist Violinist, Benjamin Beilman:
“Yes ... and I think I was born with it ... it's most accurate in the violin range ... gets a little iffy lower down ...”
Israeli-born Cellist, Matt Haimovitz:
“I do have perfect pitch ... we discovered it early on when I began to get serious about the cello at about age eight ... from the start, I could identify pitches played at the piano ...”
Russian-born Violinist, Dmitry Sitkovetsky:
“Yes ... I do ... I suppose I was born with it, but ... it fails you with age – you remember the pitches lower than they actually are ..."
American Violinist, Stephanie Chase:
“Actually, I’ve never heard that perfect pitch can be developed ... although relative pitch can be noticeably improved ... in any case, yes, I have perfect pitch ... I recall feeling rather surprised when I first realized that it is quite uncommon"
VC Artist Violinist, Ray Chen:
"Yes, I do ... but I'm not entirely sure what the use of it is? ... I still have to work hard on good intonation ..."
VC Young Artist Violinist, Timothy Chooi:
“No, I don't have perfect pitch ... at all ..."
VC Young Artist Violinist, Marc Bouchkov:
“Oh ... I've never had it ... but always dreamt about having it ... but, I don’t think I enjoy the music any less than the ones who do have it ..."
Korean-American Violinist and New England Conservatory faculty member, Soovin Kim:
“No ... no perfect pitch ..."
VC Young Artist Violist, Timothy Ridout:
“I don't have perfect pitch at all!“
Colburn School of Music Violin Professor and Co-Director of String Chamber Music, Martin Beaver:
“I do not have perfect pitch ... I have relative pitch, which I have found useful over the years”
American Violinist, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg:
“I have relative pitch ... I absolutely know where A is ... then I find any other note from the A”
VC Artist Cellist, Kian Soltani:
“I have relative pitch ... which i assume I developed over time ...”
Australian Funster, TwoSet Violinist, Eddy ‘Shreddy’ Chen: [PICTURED]
“Perfect ... yes ... developed it ..."
Australian Funster, TwoSet Violinist, Brett ‘Bang’ Yang: [PICTURED]
"Nope ... denied ..."
Violin Virtuoso & Fashion Model Filip Pogady:
“Yes, I do ... it can help with some things, like improvising and just playing things from your ear ... but it can also be bothersome if an orchestra or piano is tuned lower ... ”
VC Artist Violinist, Igor Pikayzen:
“Yes ... it seems like I was born with it ... but it probably also helped that I was surrounded by music even in the womb ...”
VC Rising Star Violinist, Kevin Miura:
“I don’t ... however, I can tell what note it is when it’s in a violin’s normal playing range”
VC Rising Star Violinist, Yesong Sophie Lee:
“I was lucky enough to be born with perfect pitch ... but I do still work to refine it”
VC Young Artist Cellist, Aurélien Pascal:
“I don't believe anyone is born with perfect pitch ... I was just very lucky to develop it early, by having received a good and natural musical education from my family”
Ariel Quartet Violist, Jan Grüning:
“Not over the entire range, but within the cello, viola and dog-whistle register I would say I'm quite secure ... I believe it's something one can train to have ...”
VC Artist Violinist, Jennifer Pike:
“I have a learned sense of pitch ... which may be partly due to the different tone colours of the instrument”
VC Artist Violinist, Francisco Fullana:
“I do have perfect pitch, yes ... though I don't remember ever not having it ... I believe my first solfege teacher in Mallorca helped me develop it - around age 4 ..."
VC Rising Star Violinist, María Dueñas:
"Yes ... I was born with it ... my first teacher tested me when I was 6"
VC Artist Violinist, Tessa Lark:
“I do ... and I was born with it ... a blessing and a curse!"
VC Artist Violinist, Stefan Jackiw:
“I do ... and was born with it ... but, I'm less and less convinced of its usefulness ... "