Nelita True, 2015 Masterclass Faculty

Nelita True

Since Nelita True made her debut at age seventeen with the Chicago Symphony and her New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra, her career has taken her to the major cities in Europe, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Iceland, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Canada, India, and to Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as to all fifty states in America.  She has appeared as soloist with Chicago, Baltimore, and National Symphony Orchestras and with orchestras throughout Europe, and has recorded over 100 works.  She was the first American invited to be a visiting professor at a major Russian music school (the St. Petersburg Conservatory), and has been in the People’s Republic of China more than 20 times for concerto performances, recitals and master classes.  

Currently Professor of Music at the Eastman School of Music, Ms. True has been described in Clavier Companion as “one of the world’s most sought-after and beloved pianist-teachers.”  After studies at the University of Michigan with Helen Titus and at Juilliard with Sascha Gorodnitzki, she earned a DMA with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory. In Paris, she studied with Nadia Boulanger on a Fulbright grant.   Prior to coming to Eastman, she taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Kansas and the University of Maryland (where she held the title Distinguished Scholar-Teacher).

Nelita True has been a jury member for many piano competitions, including the Gina Bachauer, New Orleans and William Kappell in the U.S,  the Concours de Musique du Canada, the Dublin, Shenzhen (China),  PTNA (Tokyo), Horowitz (Kiev), Lev Vlasenko (Australia), National Piano Competition (Brazil), First China International (Beijing), Queen Sonja International Competition (Oslo) and many others.  She is the recipient of five major awards including the MTNA Achievement Award (the association’s highest honor) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference (USA).  A series of four videotapes, “Nelita True at Eastman,” featuring her performances and teaching are currently being seen on five continents. She has been featured in articles in Clavier, Piano Today and The European Piano Teachers’ Journal, and is the subject of cover stories in Keyboard Companion and Clavier Companion.