Faculty, Interlochen Piano Institute
Professor of Piano, Eastman School of Music
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 was a visiting professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, and has been in the People's Republic of China more than 20 times for concerto performances, recitals and master classes.
Ms. True currently is Professor of Music at the Eastman School of Music, has received five major teaching awards, and is, as described in Clavier Companion, "One of the world's most sought-after and beloved pianist-teachers."
Ms. True has been a jury member for many international competitions, including Dublin, China (Beijing), Shenzhen, Queen Sonja (Oslo), Gina Bachauer, New Orleans, Hilton Head, William Kapell, and many others.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan as a student of Helen Titus, Ms. True went on to Juilliard to study with Sascha Gorodnitzki, and then earned the DMA with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory. In Paris, she studied with Nadia Boulanger on a Fulbright grant.
A series of four videotapes, "Nelita True at Eastman," featuring her performances, lectures, and teaching are currently being seen on five continents. She has been featured in articles in Clavier, Piano Today, The European Piano Teachers' Journal, and is the subject of cover stories in Keyboard Companion and Clavier Companion.