Featured Guest Artists

2017 Featured artists will be announced in December 2016.
Nelita True @ GSIM
Nelita True professional photo
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Gottwald Playhouse, Dominion Arts Center
600 E Grace St #400, Richmond, VA 23219



  • 10 a.m. – noon:  Lecture/workshop “Can’t Our Students Do More On Their Own?” + Q & A session.
  • Noon – 2 p.m.:   Lunch on your own
  • 2 – 3 p.m.  Lecture/workshop “Technique Through Listening”
  • 3 – 5 p.m.  Piano Masterclass with Nelita True (3 selected students, repertoire TBD)
  • 7 p.m.  GSIM faculty showcase concert at Gottwald Playhouse

Registration for the day:  $35+ internet processing fee. Click here to register.

Since Nelita True made her debut at age seventeen with the Chicago Symphony in Orchestra Hall and her New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, her career has taken her to the major cities of Western and Eastern 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, performing and conducting master classes and has been in the People’s Republic of China more than 20 times for recitals and master classes. She has played recitals on French national television and on Australian national radio. Her most recent recital in Boston was cited as one of the “Ten Best Classical Performances of the Year.” This past fall, she made her debut in India.

Ms. True has been a jury member for the China International Piano Competition (Beijing), the Queen Sonja International Piano Competition (Oslo), the National piano Competition in Brazil, the Horowitz Competition (Kiev), the Concours de Musique in Canada, the PTNA (Tokyo), the Lev Vlassenko Competition in Australia, and the Gina Bachauer, New Orleans, Hilton Head, and William Kapell International Piano Competitions in the U.S.

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. Formerly Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, Ms. True is currently Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music. Many of her students have won top prizes at national and international competitions, including an unprecedented five First Prizes in national MTNA competitions. Ms. True was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching at Eastman, the 2002 Achievement Award from the Music Teachers’ National Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education from the University of Rochester, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference (USA).

S and H Productions of Kansas City produced a series of four videotapes, “Nelita True at Eastman,” featuring her performances, lectures, and teaching. These videos are currently being seen on five continents. She has been the subject of feature articles in Clavier, Piano Today, The European Piano Teachers’ Journal, and was the subject of the cover story of Keyboard Companion. An interview with Ms. True appears in the latest edition of James Bastien’s “How to Teach Piano Successfully,” along with interviews with the legendary Rosina Lhevinne and Adele Marcus. Ms. True has been invited to record over 100 works for Advance, Mark, Educo, and Academy Records.

“Nelita True’s recital…was an artistic and popular triumph.”
–The Washington Post

“True is an extraordinary pianist and exemplary musician…many a lyric soprano would covet the way (she) can turn a phrase.”
–The Boston Globe

“Listening to Miss True was a memorable experience. Rarely have I heard anything so sublimely poetic.”
–Kansas City Times


String and Chamber Music Masterclass with Emmanuel Feldman
Friday August 5, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA 23220
Free admission 

Hailed by John Williams as “an outstanding cellist and truly dedicated artist”, Emmanuel Feldman has emerged as one of the most innovative and expressive cellists of his generation. Of his 2013 CD release on Delos, Our American Roots, Gramophone called Feldman, “an artist who combines communicative urgency with tonal splendor.” Known for intense and soulful playing that explores a broad range of repertoire and styles, he enjoys a multifaceted career as soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and educator.

With a solo concert career that has taken him throughout Europe and North Hall America, Feldman has performed at Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, The Phillips Collection, Salle Gaveau, Radio France, Franz Liszt Academy, and countless other venues in Germany, France and Spain. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, New England String Ensemble, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, Greensboro Festival Orchestra, and Boston Philharmonic, amongst others. Following his 2006 debut on the Marquee Celebrity Series of Boston, Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe remarked that, “Emmanuel Feldman was superb in the Bach Solo Suites”. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with pianists Robert Levin, Gilbert Kalish, Yehudi Wyner, Jorge Bolet, and Joy Cline Phinney, a frequent partner in recitals and recordings, and instrumentalists Paul Neubauer, Richard Stoltzman, Jennifer Frautschi, Karen Dreyfus, and Elmar Oliveira, as well as the Borromeo String Quartet, and members of the Lydian and Jupiter String Quartets. He has also appeared frequently on radio and television broadcasts, including WQXR New York, WCRB and WGBH Boston, Vermont Public Radio and Radio France.

Through newly commissioned premieres and interdisciplinary collaborations with dance and poetry, Feldman has fostered collaborations with artists and ensembles such as the Mark Morris Dance Group, Rebecca Rice Dance, Aurea Ensemble, and Bobby McFerrin, helping to create unique and unexpected concert experiences. A champion of new music, he has premiered works by composers Richard Danielpour, Michael Gandolfi, John Harbison, Aaron Kernis, David Diamond, Gunther Schuller, Charles Fussell, Jan Swafford, Andrew List, Yakov Yakoulov, John McDonald, and Gilbert Trout, amongst others. As co-founder of Cello e Basso (formerly Axiom Duo), with double bassist Pascale Delache-Feldman, they have commissioned more than a dozen new works.

Feldman is currently on the cello faculty at New England Conservatory, and on both the cello and chamber music faculty at Tufts University, Heifetz International Music Institute, Duxbury Music Festival, and Killington Music Festival, while also maintaining an active private studio in the Boston area. For more information, visit emmanuelfeldman.com.