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November 23-24, 2013

  • Recitals
  • Masterclasses

Anton Nel, Guest Artist
Area Head and Professor of Keyboard Studies, University of Texas at Austin

The Colorado Piano Festival, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado, will be held Nov. 23-24, 2013 at Milne Auditorium in Kepner Hall on the UNC campus in Greeley, Colorado. With two days of concerts and masterclasses, there will be exciting opportunities for music-lovers, pianists and students of all ages and levels.


World-renowned Steinway artist Anton Nel will present the Saturday night concert. UNC piano students will be featured in the Saturday afternoon recital.

2013 Guest Artist

Anton Nel, winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition, continues to enjoy a remarkable and versatile career that has taken him to the Americas, Europe, Asia, and South Africa, where he made his auspicious debut at the age of twelve with Beethoven’s C Major Concerto after only two years of study.

Highlights in the U.S. include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, and Detroit Symphonies among many others, as well as coast to coast recitals in major venues. Overseas he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo among many others. Much sought after as a chamber musician he regularly appears with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists and singers. Mr. Nel has appeared at festivals on four continents, including Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Aspen, and his 25th summer at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival.

He has recorded numerous acclaimed concerto, chamber, and solo CDs, and holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also heads the Division of Keyboard Studies. His website is

University of Northern Colorado Faculty

Vergie Amendola is the Keyboard Area Head, Coordinator of the Collaborative Piano Program, and Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado. In addition, Amendola is an active chamber musician who has performed in Thailand, Korea, Slovenia, Canada and throughout the United States. She has also adjudicated for the Music Teachers National Association and has taught numerous Master Classes across the United States, focusing on the unique role of the pianist in the collaborative process of making music.

Caleb Harris enjoys an active career as a pianist, conductor, and chamber musician. In the 2012-2013 Season, Harris performed in the USA, Europe, and Asia including Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, and Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2. Dr. Harris' students have experienced wide-ranging successes as soloists with the UNC Orchestra, winners in the Colorado State Music Teacher's Association competitions, and in numerous collaborative and chamber settings..

Dana Landry, Director of Jazz Studies, teaches jazz piano and coaches the Northern Colorado Voices, UNC’s top vocal jazz group. Under his direction, UNC Jazz Lab Band I has received two IAJE invitations and two Down Beat Awards as “Best College Big Band” in the last three years. Landry has performed with recognized jazz artists in Europe, Canada, Australia, and throughout the U.S. His CD, Journey Home (Summit Records), featuring Gary Burton, received a Grammy nomination for its title track.

Lei Weng, piano, has performed at prestigious venues around the world and with orchestras from Cincinnati, Seattle, Indiana, Louisiana, Fort Worth, Fort Collins, Greeley, Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Kaohsiung, and China National Symphony and Chorus. His 2012 season engagements included a concert at Chicago's Myra Hess Series, and concerto performances with the Symphony Orchestras of Longmont, Arlington, Garland and Irving. Weng's students have won numerous national and international competitions, and have been admitted by the Julliard School, Eastman School, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Cleveland Institute, and Manhattan School of Music.



Milne Auditorium
Kepner Hall 2050
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639

All events are in Milne Auditorium unless indicated otherwise.
All events are free of charge.

Saturday, November 23

4:00pm - 6:00pm           UNC Student Piano Recital

8:00pm                            Anton Nel, Guest Artist Recital

Sunday, November 24

2:00pm - 4:30pm           Anton Nel, Masterclass with UNC Piano Students

3:30pm                            Anton Nel, Discussion of Music Business