The departing head of the Curtis Institute of Music’s board of trustees is donating $55 million to the prestigious Philadelphia conservatory, writes The Philadelphia Inquirer. The contribution from Nina von Maltzahn, whose two-year tenure as board chair ends this month, will be paid out over five years and will buttress Curtis’s endowment, which is key to keeping the small school tuition free.
Ms. von Maltzahn, the scion of a wealthy Jewish family that fled Nazi Germany in 1937, became active with institute in 2008, joining its Board of Overseers. She became a trustee two years later. The school will rename its touring and string-quartet programs for her in honor of the gift, believed to be one of the largest ever to a U.S. music school. The 174-student conservatory is gearing up for a campaign officials hope will raise several hundred million dollars in time for Curtis’s centenary in 2024.