The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia has announced a $55 million gift from board chair Baroness Nina von Maltzahn.
The gift — the largest the school has received since Mary Louise Curtis Bok established its tuition-free policy in 1928 — will be added to its endowment to ensure continued support for programs and other strategic initiatives. In recognition of von Maltzahn's gift, two key initiatives will be named in her honor — the Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet Program and Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative.
Von Maltzahn, who joined the Curtis board in 2008 and concludes her two-year tenure as chair at the end of May, previously donated funds to the school that have been used to endow faculty chairs, establish new programs, and underwrite international touring programs for students.
"The students at Curtis are so close to my heart. To hear them perform, to support their learning, and to see them flourish is immensely gratifying," she said. "Over the past two years as board chair, I've witnessed the evolution of young string quartets in residence at Curtis into fully fledged professional ensembles and seen Curtis on Tour strengthen the school's presence in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and across the United States. I'm so pleased my gift will allow this growth to continue, and hopefully serve as an inspiration to others who want to support education and music-making at the highest level."