October 13, 2000
The final concert in Oklahoma Baptist University's guest artist fall concert series will highlight a world renowned pianist, Nelita True, Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Yarborough Auditorium.
True is chair of the piano faculty at the Eastman School of Music.
She will perform "Romance in F# Major, Op. 28, No.2," and "Novellette in F Major, Op.21, No.1," by Robert Schumann, "6 Kleine Klavierstueke, Op.19," by Arnold Schoenberg, "Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3," by Ludwig van Beethoven, "Three Preludes," by Claude Debussy, "Impromptu in E-Flat Major, Op.25," "Improvisation from Pieces Breves, Op. 84," and "Impromptu in A-Flat Major, Op. 34," by Gabriel Faure, and "Bourree Fantasque," by Emmanuel Chabrier.
Since True made her debut at age 17 with the Chicago Symphony in Orchestra Hall and her New York debut with the Julliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, her career has taken her to the major cities of Western and Eastern Europe, Indonesia, Mexico, Iceland, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Canada, and to Hong Kong, as well as to every state in the United States.
She was the first American invited to be visiting professor at a conservatory in the former Soviet Union, Leningrad Conservatory, in April 1989.
She has served as a judge for the Gina Bachauer and William Kappell International Piano Competitions, Concours de Musique in Canada, Queen Sonja International Competition in Norway, and the first China International Piano Competition.
True earned bachelor of music and master of music degrees from the University of Michigan. She did graduate study work at The Julliard School and Paris Conservatory and earned a doctor of musical arts from the Peabody Conservatory.
In Paris, she studied with Nadia Boulanger on a Fullbright grant.
She also has served as a faculty member at the University of Maryland, the University of Kansas, and Interlochen Music Camp.
SH Productions Company of Kansas City produced a series of four videotapes, "Nelita True at Eastman," featuring her performances, lectures, and teaching. The videos are currently playing on five continents. True is a Baldwin artist and was invited to record more than 100 works for Advance, Mark, Educo, and Academy records.