Famous Synesthetes

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There are many famous creative people who have synesthesia or have been posthumously diagnosed as having synesthesia based on quotes, interviews, or opinions expressed by those who know or knew them well. This collection is an introduction to how synesthesia can affect the lives of those who experience it and is not intended to be exhaustive.

Items in the Famous Synesthetes Collection

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. Born in Newton, NC, she began playing piano at the age of two and by the age of thirteen, Amos was entertaining on the Washington D.C. piano bar circuit. She briefly…

Leonard Bernstein (born Louis Bernstein) was an American conductor, composer, pianist, author and lecturer. Widely considered to be one of the most influential and dynamic musicians in American history, Bernstein was born in Lawrence, MA and rose to…

Duke Ellington (born Edward Kennedy Ellington) was an American big-band leader, composer, and pianist. Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington was a prolific composer and a monolithic figure in jazz, though his compositions encompassed many other genres…

Richard Feynman, born in Far Rockaway, New York, was an American physicist, lecturer, and professor known as much for his quirky personality as for his contributions to the field of physics. His work was integral to our understanding of quantum…

HélèneGrimaud is a French classical pianist. Born in Aix-en-Provence, France, Grimaud began playing piano at age 7 and within several years entered the Conservatoire de Paris. By age 15, she won top honors for her recording of…