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LEI WENG, PIANO
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 | 7:30pm | Arlington Music Hall

LEI WENG, PIANO

Beethoven – Leonora Overture No. 1

Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15

Kodály – Dances of Galanta


     Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng was hailed as "the exceptionally brilliant Chinese pianist" in his Seattle debut performing Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto with the Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra. New York Concert Review acclaimed Lei Weng at his Carnegie Hall sold-out debut as “a colorist of exemplary control.” Regarding his return to Carnegie Hall two months later by immediate re-invitation, New York Concert Reviews remarked: “Weng displayed a powerhouse technique and provided good contrast with delicate moments.”

     Weng has performed at many prestigious venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Steinway Hall Center in New York, Phillips Collections in Washington D.C., Chicago Culture Center, Beijing Music Hall, Taichung National Symphony Hall and Kaohsiung Cultural Center in Taiwan, Banff Center in Canada, Campana Theater in Italy, and the Tanglewood Music Festival, the TCU Cliburn Institute, and the Messiaen Festival.

     Weng’s performances have been critically acclaimed as “spirited and full of nuances” by The Cincinnati Post. The Herald Times calls him “colorful and flamboyant.” China’s Tianjin Daily remarked on his “profound and immense artistry” and Scott Cantrell, music critic from the Dallas Morning News wrote: “Fabulous playing – really fresh, personal! I love the unpredictability, the willingness to take chances, not just to sound like someone else. ”

     As a frequent orchestral soloist, Weng has appeared with orchestras from Cincinnati, Seattle, Indiana, Louisiana, Fort Worth, Fort Collins, Greeley, Paducah, Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Kaohsiung, as well as National Taitung University Symphony, China National Symphony and Chorus, and the UNC Symphony Orchestra and UNC Wind Ensemble.

     Engagements for Dr. Weng in the 2012-13 season include concert tours throughout the US, Asia and Europe, including recitals at Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concert Series and Breckenridge Music Festival, as well as solo appearances with Symphony Orchestras of Longmont, Arlington, Garland, Irving, Tianjin (China), Xi’An (China), Gimhae (Korea), Marchigiana (Italy) and the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra.

     Students of Dr. Weng have achieved great success in both competitions and performing careers. His students have won the First Prize at Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, MTNA Colorado Young Artist Competition and Senior Division Competition (2009, 2010, 2012), MTNA West-Central Division Senior Competition (2013), CSMTA SPA Competition (2012), Boulder Philharmonic Competition (2011), as well as numerous prizes at the Steinway Competition, Yamaha Competition, Schmitt Music Competition, Symphony in the Valley Young Artist Competition. Dr. Weng’s students have performed with many premier symphony orchestras, including Colorado Symphony Orchestra (2011, 2012), the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra (2012), Arapahoe Symphony (2008), Symphony in the Valley (2008), and at New York’s Carnegie Hall (2010).A dedicated educator, Dr. Weng is an Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado, where he teaches talented students from around the world. He is frequently invited as guest professor by such prestigious conservatories in Asia as Central Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory in Beijing, Taipei National University of Education and National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan, and Chung-Ang University in Korea.

     Many of Dr. Weng’s students have been admitted to such prestigious music schools as the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Missouri Kansas City, and Manhattan School of Music.

     Dr. Weng has adjudicated numerous national and international competitions in the U.S. and around the world, including the MTNA State and Regional Competitions, China National Piano Competition, Hong Kong International Music and Arts Competition, Italy “Nuova Coppa Pianisti” National Piano Competition.

     Dr. Weng received his M.M and D.M.A degrees in piano performance from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and B.M. in piano performance from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. His primary teachers include Frank Weinstock, William Black, Claude Frank, Xie Yuan, Guo Zhihong, and Zhou Guangren.

     Dr. Weng is the laureate of many national and international competitions, including the top prizes in the Isabel Scionti International Piano Competition and the Camerata Piano Competition, Silver Medal in the Wideman International Piano Competition and 3rd prize at the Kingsville International Competition. He was also a prizewinner in the China National Piano Competition and the Cliburn Institute Competition.

     The Colorado Piano Festival. http://www.unco.edu/arts/music/cpf/default.htmlDr. Weng is the Founder and Director of the Colorado International Piano Academy (CIPA) at the University of Northern Colorado. The CIPA has established itself as one of the premier international summer piano festivals in Colorado, and has invited many leading pianists and piano pedagogues around the world, including: Nelita True, Boris Slutsky, Meng-Chieh Liu, Michael Chertock, and Changxin Guan. 

Dr. Weng is a featured artist of the Arts Global Foundation. http://www.artsglobal.org/en/people/lei-weng/