Mourning for international piano teacher

Mourning for international piano teacher


norman lebrecht

January 19, 2021

The death has been announced of Nelita True, the sensitive and sought-after professor of piano at the Eastman School, Interlochen and worldwide.

After making her debut at 17 with the Chicago Symphony, she toured all 50 states of America and was professor in both Russia and China.

She was married to the Portuguese pianist Fernando Laires, who died in 2016. They are survived by three daughters.



  • Artur Pizarro says:

    Nelita was a wonderful artist, a great teacher and a beautiful human being with a generous, caring soul. A fantastic pianist, some of her wonderful performances, Stravinsky Tango, or Schubert duets with her husband Fernando, are available to listen on YouTube. Music making of the highest order. Every time someone of this stature and quality passes away, the whole world is poorer. Nelita True will be missed and should not be forgotten!

  • JussiB says:

    Juilliard, MSM, Eastman… all great music schools in NYC. Which one is best for opera?

  • Alank says:

    Maybe Lady Gaga would be appropriate given his “artistic” selections for his coronation.