How Curtis tried to make it up to Bach-playing Nina Simonemain
We have been reminded that, in April 2003, the incoming chairman of the Curtis Board of Trustees awarded an honorary diploma to the singer and pianist, Nina Simone, whom the Institute had rejected at audition in April 1951 . Nina was too ill to fly over from France for the ceremony and died a few days after.
Why she failed to make the grade in 1951 is still the subject of heated debate. But some of her work betrays traes of her classical training, not least the Bach riffs in this piece.