Did Curtis reject Nina Simone over race?main
Peter Dobrin has been looking at this oft-repeated claim, lately re-aired on a Netflix doc.
His evidence suggests they didn’t like the way she played piano.
According to documents in the school’s archive, Curtis had 72 applicants for the piano department; three were accepted, which means there were more than five dozen other pianists, most presumably white, whose best also was not good enough for Curtis.
Read for yourselves here.