Vladimir Horowitz

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Vladimir Horowitz (October 1, 1903–November 5, 1989) was a classical pianist.


  • I am famous, but I am not well known.
  • Perfection itself is imperfection.
  • It's better to make your own mistakes than to copy someone else's.
  • My future is in my past and my past is in my present. I must now make the present my future.
  • When I am on the stage, I'm a king. No one can interfere with me because I have something to do, and it has to be the best which is within me.
  • I'm a general. My soldiers are the keys, and I have to command them.
  • My face is my passport.
  • The piano is an orchestra with 88 … things, you know.
  • There are only three kinds of pianists; Jewish pianists, homosexual pianists, and bad pianists.
  • If I don't practice for a day, I know it. If I don't practice for two days, my wife knows it. If I don't practice for three days, the world knows it

Quotes about Horowitz[edit]

  • I don’t believe that about his Chopin, actually. I think his Chopin was extraordinarily perceptive and terribly personal. ... On the criticism of Horowitz’ Chopin, I haven’t heard that myself, but I think that comes down to taste.

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